Astrid Noren-Nilsson

Oct 3, 2017

Cambodia's Second Kingdom

Nation, Imagination, and Democracy

Cornell Southeast Asia Program 2016

purchase at Billed as "an exploration of the role of nationalist imaginings, discourses, and narratives in Cambodia since the 1993 reintroduction of a multiparty democratic system," Cambodia's Second Kingdom: Nation, Imagination, and Democracy (Cornell Southeast Asia Program, 2016) pays special attention to how competing nationalistic imaginings are a prominent part of contestation in the country's post-war reconstruction politics. These imaginings, the book's author Astrid Noren-Nilsson argues, constitute resources with which parties obtain popular support and win elections. In making her case, she draws on an impressive array of primary sources, including extensive interview data with members of Cambodia's political elite. Duncan McCargo speaks with Astrid Noren-Nilsson for New Books in Southeast Asian Studies on the sidelines of the 2017 EuroSEAS conference at the University of Oxford, where Cambodia's Second Kingdom was shortlisted for the EuroSEAS social science book prize. You may also be interested in: Sophal Ear, Aid Dependence in Cambodia: How Foreign Assistance Undermines Democracy Patrick Jory, Thailand's Theory of Monarchy: The Vessantara Jataka and the Idea of the Perfect Man Duncan McCargo is Professor of Political Science at the University of Leeds and Visiting Professor of Political Science, Columbia University
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