Gender, Violence, and Survival in Crisis Ordinary Cambodia
RGS-IBG Book Series
1. Edition July 2020
280 Pages, Hardcover
Wiley & Sons Ltd
Home SOS argues that the home is central to the violence and gendered contingency of existence in crisis ordinary Cambodia. Based on over 300 interviews and conducted over 15 years, this book focuses on women's experiences of survival-work in (un)eventful situations of domestic violence and forced eviction. Charting the journey of Cambodia's first-ever domestic violence law, alongside women's housing activism against forced eviction, Home SOS explores how the political economy of the country has conspired to limit - and in some cases quash - the transformative potential that each might hold. Together, domestic violence and forced eviction are shown to be interrelated oppressions and brutalisations of domestic life that gravitate and retrain multiple subfields of geography on to the home sphere as a public-private hybrid worthy of energised study.
Drawing on 15 years of fieldwork and over 300 interviews, Home SOS argues that the home is central to the violence and gendered contingency of existence in crisis ordinary Cambodia.
* Provides an original book-length study which brings domestic violence and forced eviction into twin view
* Offers relational insights between different violences to build an integrated understanding of women's experiences of home life
* Mobilises the crisis ordinary as a critical pedagogy and imaginary through which to understand everyday gendered politics of survival
* Positions domestic violence and forced eviction as manifestations of intimate war against women's homes and bodies located inside and outside of the traditional purview of war
* Reaffirms and reprioritises the home as a political entity which is foundational to the concerns of human geography
List of Abbreviations xii
About the Author xiv
Series Editor's Preface xv
1 Fire in the House 1
2 Conceptualising Domestic Crises 27
3 National Trajectories of Crisis in Cambodia 47
4 Attrition Warfare, Precarious Homes, and Truncated Marriages 67
5 (Un)Invited and (Un)Eventful Spaces of Resistance and Citizenship 109
6 Intimate Wounds of Law and Lawfare 156
7 Dwelling in the Crisis Ordinary 195
Cynthia Enloe, Research Professor, International Development, Clark University, USA
'The home, Katherine Brickell argues, is neither a pre-political nor unexceptional place but instead a crucial site where the production and destruction of life is most powerfully expressed. Drawing on empirical evidence on domestic violence and forced evictions in Cambodia, Brickell provides a conceptually rich account of bio- and necropolitical relations that will resonate for all who are concerned with and seek to challenge the interrelated oppressions and violence that are manifest both inside and outside - but always connected to - the home.'
James A. Tyner, Professor of Geography, Kent State University, USA
'This is an important book with theoretical interventions and insights that take us beyond the confines of both Cambodia and Gender as analytic categories, even while remaining solidly grounded in each. Expanding the terms under which we conceive gender-based violence, Brickell puts forward a novel approach to social analysis that I will call a 'home-based' analysis. Through the lens of the home, which she argues is 'intimately connected, rather than sealed off' from the impacts of political processes (p. 8), this book connects the seemingly disparate episodes of forced eviction and domestic violence.'
Courtney Work, National Chengchi University (Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography)