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Forest of StruggleMoralities of Remembrance in Upland Cambodia$
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Eve Monique Zucker

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780824836115

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824836115.001.0001

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The Wild and the Civil, Kinship, and Commensality

The Wild and the Civil, Kinship, and Commensality

(p.114) 6 The Wild and the Civil, Kinship, and Commensality
Forest of Struggle

Eve Monique Zucker

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter examines the process of transformation and maintenance of the social imaginary in Cambodia in relation to moral categories or qualities such as clarity, wildness, and civility as they are applied to social forms of behavior. More specifically, it considers how the categories connoting the “wild” and the “civil”—which delineate the nature/culture dichotomy and are employed to make and remake sociality as well as the moral order and to define civil society—are intertwined with relatedness and commensality. It suggests that relatedness is made both within the contemporary community and in the ancestral past. It also shows that sociality, kinship, food, and commensality are interconnected not only as expressions of morality but also as generators and sustainers of a given moral order. In particular, it looks at the ways in which sharing of food establishes sociality with extended kin or non-kin in O'Thmaa and how food provides a medium through which religious conversion is expressed.

Keywords:   wildness, civility, sociality, moral order, relatedness, commensality, kinship, food, morality, O'Thmaa

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