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Dance, Music, and the Nature of Terror in Democratic Kampuchea

Toni Shapiro-phim

in Annihilating Difference

Published by University of California Press

Published in print August 2002 | ISBN: 9780520230286
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520927575 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520230286.003.0007
Dance, Music, and the Nature of Terror in Democratic Kampuchea

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This chapter studies the relation between state-sanctioned ideology and daily life. It analyzes the combination between daily terror and music, song, and dance in Cambodian genocide. It notes that during this genocidal period, the Khmer Rouge banned older, “counterrevolutionary” aesthetic practices, and created hundreds of new songs and dances in order to promote revolutionary change and encourage the destruction of the regime's enemies.

Keywords: state-sanctioned ideology; Cambodian genocide; Khmer Rouge; counterrevolutionary aesthetic practices; songs; dances; revolutionary change

Chapter.  7286 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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