Cambodia’s politics

Cambodia bookJCA co-editor Geoffrey Gunn has a review of the book Cambodia and the Politics of Aesthetics at the JCA website.

The book, authored by Alvin Cheng-Hin Lim, is claimed to offer an understanding of “the particularities of the country’s transition and Cambodia’s unfolding encounter with neoliberal capitalism.”

Gunn states that “While a slight book in size and appearance, author Alvin Cheng-Hin Lim nevertheless ranges over the full sweep of Cambodia’s history, as many before him, but his effort is distinguished by its theoretical sophistication, at least in the application of critical and aesthetic theory.”

He adds: “Matching critical theory (and philosophy) with area studies, Lim has undoubtedly created an innovative work, pioneering in the case of Cambodia. If pitched at students of the philosophy of aesthetics then the appeal of this book is limited, but if read as a series of connected essays on the eschatology of violence in Cambodia then this book stands out with some rare flashes of insight…”.

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