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Review of Roderic Broadhurst, Thierry Bouhours, Brigitte Bouhours, Violence and the Civilising Process in Cambodia

Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015. ISBN 978-1-107-10911-7, 362 pages
  • Manuel Eisner
Book review

Over the past 20 years, a substantial amount of research has shed light on the historical dynamics of interpersonal violence in Europe and the USA. However, there is a continuing massive gap of good research on the historical dynamics of interpersonal violence in other societies. The present book by three experts on crime and criminal justice in the Asian Region is therefore a very welcome pioneering study. It examines how the past 150 years in the history of Cambodia have shaped levels and manifestations of violence. Analysing violence in a society that has experienced colonial rule, civil wars, some of the worst genocides of the twentieth century, and invasion and occupation by another country is a daunting task. The authors of this book respond to this task by adopting a theoretical framework that is inspired by sociological classics such as Marx, Durkheim, Weber and, especially, the German sociologist Norbert Elias who developed the Theory of the Civilising Process in 1939....

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of CriminologyUniversity of CambridgeCambridgeUK

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