Khmerness and the Thai 'other'

Violence, discourse and symbolism in the 2003 anti-Thai riots in Cambodia

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Abstract

On 29 January 2003, a Cambodian mob burned down the Thai Embassy in Phnom Penh. This article explores the roots of this violence, arguing that the anti-Thai riots were linked in part to a set of discourses and imagery that have long been central to assertions of 'Khmerness' and constructions of the 'Other'.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)445-468
Number of pages24
JournalJournal of Southeast Asian Studies
Volume37
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2006

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  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • History
  • Sociology and Political Science

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