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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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Space (Center for Social Development and the Public Sphere)

Space (Center for Social Development and the Public Sphere)

(p.89) 3 Space (Center for Social Development and the Public Sphere)
The Justice Facade

Alexander Laban Hinton

Oxford University Press

Chapter 3 “Space,” continues to focus on interstitiality, lived experience, and the combustive acts of creativity and imagination that take place behind the justice face. It examines another NGO “vortex,” the Center for Social Development,” which was led by two Cambodian-Americans, Chea Vannath and Theary Seng and known for high-profile Khmer Rouge Tribunal outreach “Public Forums.” The chapter traces the origins of the non-governmental organization and the public forum project, noting how the forums changed in accordance with the historical moment and the vision of these leaders, including Chea Vannath’s deep Buddhist belief and Theary Seng’s Christianity even as both were also influenced by time spent in the United States. The chapter concludes with a return to the International Center for Transitional Justice outreach project and a discussion of the public forums as an imagined “public spheres,” alleged “spaces” of liberal democratic being asserted by transitional justice imaginary discourses.

Keywords:   non-governmental organization/civil society, space, geography, localization/vernacularization, public forums, placemaking, Chea Vannath, Theary Seng, spirits of the dead, lights/darks worlds

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