“The Whole World Is Watching”: Intimate Geopolitics of Forced Eviction and Women's Activism in Cambodia

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Through fourteen in-depth interviews conducted in February 2013 with women from Boeung Kak Lake—a high-profile community under threat in Phnom Penh—this article argues that the occurrence of, and activism against, forced eviction is an embodiment of “intimate geopolitics.” The article demonstrates the manifold relationship that forced eviction reflects and ferments between homes, bodies, the nation-state, and the geopolitical transformation of Southeast Asia. Forced eviction is framed as a geopolitical issue, one that leads to innermost incursions into everyday life, one that has spurred on active citizenship and collective action evidencing the injustices of dispossession to diverse audiences, and one that has rendered female activists’ intimate relationships further vulnerable. In doing so, it charts how Boeung Kak Lake women have rewritten the political script in Cambodia by publicly contesting the inevitability accorded to human rights abuses in the post-genocide country.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1256-1272
Number of pages17
JournalAnnals of the Association of American Geographers
Issue number6
Early online date12 Sept 2014
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 12 Sept 2014


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  • women
  • Cambodia
  • activism
  • forced eviction
  • feminist geopolitics
  • political geography

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