Home SOS: Gender, Violence, and Survival in Crisis Ordinary Cambodia

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John Wiley & Sons, Jul 20, 2020 - Science - 280 pages

Drawing on 15 years of fieldwork and over 300 interviews, Home SOS argues that the home is central to the violence and gendered contingency of existence in crisis ordinary Cambodia.

  • Provides an original book-length study which brings domestic violence and forced eviction into twin view
  • Offers relational insights between different violences to build an integrated understanding of women’s experiences of home life
  • Mobilises the crisis ordinary as a critical pedagogy and imaginary through which to understand everyday gendered politics of survival
  • Positions domestic violence and forced eviction as manifestations of intimate war against women’s homes and bodies located inside and outside of the traditional purview of war
  • Reaffirms and reprioritises the home as a political entity which is foundational to the concerns of human geography


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Katherine Brickell is Professor of Human Geography at Royal Holloway, University of London, UK. Her research has been recognised by the 2014 Gill Memorial award from the RGS-IBG and 2016 Philip Leverhulme Prize from the Leverhulme Trust. She is journal editor of Gender, Place & Culture, former Chair of the RGS-IBG Gender and Feminist Geographies Research Group, and has co-edited four books including The Handbook of Displacement (2020), The Handbook of Contemporary Cambodia (2017), Geographies of Forced Eviction (2017) and Translocal Geographies (2011). Katherine's current research focuses on developing feminist legal geography as an agenda.

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