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After the Massacre Commemoration and Consolation in Ha My and My Lai

ISBN-10: 0520247973
ISBN-13: 9780520247970
Edition: 2006
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Description: Though a generation has passed since the massacre of civilians at My Lai, the legacy of this tragedy continues to reverberate throughout Vietnam and the rest of the world. This engrossing study considers how Vietnamese villagers in My Lai and Ha  More...

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Book details

List price: $34.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 11/10/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.704

Though a generation has passed since the massacre of civilians at My Lai, the legacy of this tragedy continues to reverberate throughout Vietnam and the rest of the world. This engrossing study considers how Vietnamese villagers in My Lai and Ha My-a village where South Korean troops committed an equally appalling, though less well-known, massacre of unarmed civilians-assimilate the catastrophe of these mass deaths into their everyday ritual life. Based on a detailed study of local history and moral practices,After the Massacrefocuses on the particular context of domestic life in which the Vietnamese villagers interact with their ancestors on one hand and the ghosts of tragic death on the other. Heonik Kwon explains what intimate ritual actions can tell us about the history of mass violence and the global bipolar politics that caused it. He highlights the aesthetics of Vietnamese commemorative rituals and the morality of their practical actions to liberate the spirits from their grievous history of death. The author brings these important practices into a critical dialogue with dominant sociological theories of death and symbolic transformation.

Preface and Acknowledgments
Foreword
Map of Central Vietnam
Introduction
The Bipolarity of Death
Massacres in the Year of the Monkey, 1968
A Generation Afterward
Ancestors in the Street
Heroes and Ancestors
Grievous Death
The Stone of Fury
The Decomposition of the Cold War
Conclusion
Notes
Index

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