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Author Taylor, Philip, 1962- author

Title The Khmer lands of Vietnam : environment, cosmology, and sovereignty / Philip Taylor
Published Singapore : NUS Press, [2014]
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Description 1 online resource (1 PDF (xvii, 316 pages) :) : illustrations, maps
Series Southeast Asia publications series
Southeast Asia publications series.
Contents Coastal dune belt: monastic sovereignty in the forested archipelago -- Coastal river-dune complex: a narrative confederation -- Freshwater rivers: displacement and refuge along the rivers of the central delta -- Saltwater rivers: sovereign nature and tidal history in a Khmer river basin -- Flooded mountains: encircled by water, divided by nations -- Oceanside mountains: nature and subsidence between swamp and sea -- The northeast uplands: primitive modernity in the forest metropole
Summary The indigenous people of Southern Vietnam, known as the Khmer Krom, occupy territory over which Vietnam and Cambodia have competing claims. Regarded with ambivalence and suspicion by nationalists in both countries, these in-between people have their own claims on the place where they live and a unique perspective on history and sovereignty in their heavily contested homelands. To cope with wars, environmental re-engineering and nation-building, the Khmer Krom have selectively engaged with the outside world in addition to drawing upon local resources and self-help networks. This groundbreaking book reveals the sophisticated ecological repertoire deployed by the Khmer Krom to deal with a complex river delta, and charts their diverse adaptations to a changing environment. In addition, it provides an ethnographically grounded exposition of Khmer mythic thought that shows how the Khmer Krom position themselves within a landscape imbued with life-sustaining potential, magical sovereign power and cosmological significance. Offering a new environmental history of the Mekong River delta this book is the first to explore Southern Vietnam through the eyes of its indigenous Khmer residents
Notes "Asian Studies Association of Australia in association with NUS Press and NIAS Press."
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 291-298) and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Cambodians -- Vietnam.
Human ecology -- Vietnam.
Khmers -- Vietnam.
Mekong River Delta (Vietnam and Cambodia) -- Civilization.
Vietnam -- Ethnic relations -- Political aspects.
Form Electronic book
Author Asian Studies Association of Australia, issuing body
ISBN 9789971698034 (electronic bk.)
997169803X (electronic bk.)