Offering a comprehensive overview of the current situation in the country, The Handbook of Contemporary Cambodia provides a broad coverage of social, cultural, political and economic development within both rural and urban contexts during the last decade. A detailed introduction places Cambodia within its global and regional frame, and the handbook is then divided into five thematic sections:

  • Political and Economic Tensions
  • Rural Developments
  • Urban Conflicts
  • Social Processes
  • Cultural Currents

The first section looks at the major political implications and tensions that have occurred in Cambodia, as well as the changing parameters of its economic profile. The handbook then highlights the major developments that are unfolding within the rural sphere, before moving on to consider how cities in Cambodia, and particularly Phnom Penh, have become primary sites of change. The fourth section covers the major processes that have shaped social understandings of the country, and how Cambodians have come to understand themselves in relation to each other and the outside world. Section five analyses the cultural dimensions of Cambodia’s current experience, and how identity comes into contact with and responds to other cultural themes.

Bringing together a team of leading scholars on Cambodia, the handbook presents an understanding of how sociocultural and political economic processes in the country have evolved. It is a cutting edge and interdisciplinary resource for scholars and students of Southeast Asian Studies, as well as policymakers, sociologists and political scientists with an interest in contemporary Cambodia.

chapter |14 pages

Introduction to Contemporary Cambodia

ByKatherine Brickell, Simon Springer

part |2 pages

Part I Political and economic tensions

chapter 1|12 pages

The Contemporary Geopolitics of Cambodia: Alignments in Regional and Global Contexts

BySok Udom Deth, Kairat Moldashev, Serkan Bulut

chapter 2|13 pages

Justice Inverted: Law and Human Rights in Cambodia

ByCatherine Morris

chapter 3|11 pages

Justice and the Past: The Khmer Rouge Tribunal

ByRachel Hughes, Maria Elander

chapter 4|11 pages

Civil Society in Cambodia: Challenges and Contestations

ByLouise Coventry

chapter 6|11 pages

The Media in Cambodia

BySebastian Strangio

chapter 7|12 pages

Tourism in Cambodia: Opportunities and Challenges

ByRichard Sharpley, Peter McGrath

part |2 pages

Part II Rural developments

chapter 8|10 pages

Exploring Rural Livelihoods through the Lens of Coastal Fishers

ByMelissa Marschke

chapter 9|12 pages

Practices and Challenges towards Sustainability

ByYoung Sokphea

chapter 10|11 pages

The Imperative of Good Water Governance in Cambodia

ByJoakim Öjendal, Ros Bandeth

part |2 pages

Part III Urban conflicts

chapter 15|10 pages

Urban Megaprojects and City Planning in Phnom Penh

ByTom Percival

chapter 16|11 pages

Labor Rights and Trade Unions in Cambodia

ByDennis Arnold and Dae-oup Chang

chapter 19|11 pages

Forced Relocation in Cambodia

ByJessie Connell, Mark Grimsditch

chapter 20|11 pages

Homelessness in Cambodia: The Terror of Gentrification

BySimon Springer

chapter 21|12 pages

Phnom Penh’s Relocation Sites and the Obliteration of Politics

ByGiorgio Talocci, Camillo Boano

chapter 22|12 pages

Street Vending in Phnom Penh: Flourishing but Invisible

ByKyoko Kusakabe

part |2 pages

Part IV Social processes

chapter 24|11 pages

Health: Medical Cosmologies and Medical Inequities

ByJan Ovesen, Ing-Britt Trankell

chapter 25|12 pages

Violence against Women and Girls in Cambodia

ByKatherine Brickell

chapter 26|9 pages

Gendered Politics of Power in Contemporary Cambodia

ByMona Lilja, Mikael Baaz

chapter 28|10 pages

Children, Childhood and Youth in Contemporary Cambodia

ByMelina T. Czymoniewicz-Klippel

chapter 29|10 pages

Households and Family Processes

ByPatrick Heuveline

chapter 30|11 pages

Digital Technologies in Contemporary Cambodia

ByJayson W. Richardson

part |2 pages

Part V Cultural currents

chapter 31|9 pages

Ethnic Identities in Cambodia

ByAlvin Cheng-Hin Lim

chapter 32|10 pages

Violence and Memorialization in Cambodia

BySavina Sirik, James Tyner

chapter 33|11 pages

A Shifting Universe – Religion and Moral Order in Cambodia

ByAlexandra Kent

chapter 35|11 pages

Natural and Cultural Heritage in Cambodia

ByJo Gillespie

chapter 36|10 pages

Destination Cambodia: A Volunteer Tourism Boom

ByTess Guiney

chapter 38|10 pages

Finding New Ground: Maintaining and Transforming Traditional Music

ByCatherine Grant