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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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(p.171) 9 Conclusion
Forest of Struggle

Eve Monique Zucker

University of Hawai'i Press

This book has examined how Cambodians in O'Thmaa and its surrounding communities contend with radical and violent social change caused by the impact of the Khmer Rouge revolutionary years and the period that followed. In particular, it has described the challenges faced by O'Thmaa villagers as they attempt to remake a sense of permanence and reestablish relatedness. It has explained why the villagers say that they “love” one another in terms of moral ideals or virtues for which individuals and their communities strive. It has also considered how a combination of familial and fraternal love is achieved and expressed by making relatedness through commensality and marriage, participation in village-wide ritual festivals, and the establishment of trust. This concluding chapter discusses the concept of sâtisampajania, or moral discernment, within the context of relatedness as it applies to O'Thmaa and raises a number of questions relating to the ideas presented in the book.

Keywords:   social change, Khmer Rouge, O'Thmaa, relatedness, love, commensality, marriage, trust, sâtisampajania, moral discernment

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