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The Justice FacadeTrials of Transition in Cambodia$
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Alexander Hinton

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780198820949

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198820949.001.0001

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Normativity (Civil Party Testimony)

Normativity (Civil Party Testimony)

(p.205) 8 Normativity (Civil Party Testimony)
The Justice Facade

Alexander Laban Hinton

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In Chapter 8, “Normativity,” I follow this line of discussion but focus on the understandings of less educated Cambodian civil parties, including rural villagers. The chapter focuses, in particular, on everyday understandings of “return,” which inform transactions with beings ranging from patrons to family members and the spirits of the dead. For many Cambodians, the court provided an opportunity to fulfill their obligations to significant others. Not doing so might lead to a rupturing and disordering of their social world, including angering the dead who might afflict a relative in response. The chapter also explores civil parties’ views of Duch as relations with the defense became increasingly tense.

Keywords:   civil party testimony, Buddhism, spirits of the dead, obligation and return, Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, S-21, victim participation, Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) Trial Chamber, Duch, Neth Phally

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