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The ghosts of the American war in Vietnam

  title={The ghosts of the American war in Vietnam},
  author={Heonik Kwon},
The spiritual remains of the unknown war dead take on a vital presence in popular Vietnamese religious culture and their everyday ritual life. They are also a powerful means of historical narration and reflection in contemporary Vietnam. This article introduces some of their vigorous actions and claims for social justice, and explores how we can make sense of their existence in the terms of sociology of religion. 

To live amongst the dead : an ethnographic exploration of mass graves in Cambodia

This thesis uses mass graves as a lens through which to examine how people in contemporary Cambodia use the Khmer Rouge period (1975 – 1979) to reconstitute and re-imagine the world they live in.

A Place to Mourn: Why the Vietnam Veterans Memorial is Crucial to American Healing

All memorials offer solace to those who visit, but the Vietnam Veterans Memorial is particularly suited to this cause because of certain aspects of its design. As this article demonstrates, qualities

Inviting essential outsiders in: imagining a cosmopolitan nation

Abstract The article uses the archetype of a cosmopolitan, diasporic Jewish community to reassess the ‘imagined community’ of the nation. It takes as its starting point the notion of ‘Essential

Absent Bodies, Haunted Spaces

This chapter explores the transitive roles that ghostly or missing bodies are called on to enact in both spatial and temporal terms in narrative and visual representations of migration. Starting from



Culture, Ritual and Revolution in Vietnam

This is a study of the history and consequences of the revolutionary campaign to transform culture and ritual in northern Vietnam. Based on official documents and several years of field research in

Village at War: An Account of Conflict in Vietnam

First published in 1980, this is a classic account of three decades of warfare in Vietnam, seen through the eyes of the inhabitants of My Thuy Phuong, a large rice-growing village in central Vietnam.

Fallen Soldiers: Reshaping the Memory of the World Wars

Millions were killed and maimed in World War I, but once the armistice was signed the realities were cleansed of their horror by the nature of the burial and commemoration of the dead. In the

Prey into Hunter: The Politics of Religious Experience

Maurice Bloch has for many years been developing an original and influential theory of ritual. In this book he synthesizes a radical theory of religion. Rituals in a great many societies deny the

In the Combat Zone

In the aftermath of the U.S. victory in the Gulf War, the first president George Bush was optimistic that the country had “kicked the Vietnam syndrome.” But the syndrome continued to manifest itself

Postcolonial Vietnam: New Histories of the National Past

New nations require new histories of their struggles for nationhood. Postcolonial Vietnam takes us back to the 1950s to see how official Vietnamese historians and others rethought what counted as

The Elementary Forms of Religious Life

"Karen Fields has given us a splendid new translation of the greatest work of sociology ever written, one we will not be embarrassed to assign to our students. In addition she has written a brilliant

After the Massacre: Commemoration and Consolation in Ha My and My Lai (review)

interventions that writers attempt to make through the act of writing literature” (247). Kim is careful to point out that his plea for formalism is not a call for a return of aesthetics; rather, he


'If religion generated everything that is essential in society, this is because the idea of society is the soul of religion.' In The Elementary Forms of Religious Life (1912), Emile Durkheim set

The Production of Space

‘The Production of Space’, in: Frans Jacobi, Imagine, Space Poetry, Copenhagen, 1996, unpaginated.