Svay

Svay

A Khmer Village in Cambodia
Edited by Andrew C. Mertha
Introduction by Judy Ledgerwood

May Mayko Ebihara (1934–2005) was the first American anthropologist to conduct ethnographic research in Cambodia. Svay provides a remarkably detailed picture of individual villagers and of Khmer social structure and kinship, agriculture, politics, and religion. The world Ebihara described would soon be shattered by Pol Pot's Khmer Rouge. Fifty percent of the villagers perished in the reign of terror, including those who had been Ebihara's adoptive parents and grandparents during her fieldwork. Never before published as a book, Ebihara’s dissertation served as the foundation for much of our subsequent understanding of Cambodian history, society, and politics.

Judy Ledgerwood

Judy Ledgerwood is Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Center for Southeast Asian Studies at Northern Illinois University. She is a contributor to Anthropology and Community in Cambodia, a collection of essays in honor of May Ebihara. Her most recent book is At the Edge of the Forest, published by Southeast Asia Program Publications.

Contributions:

At the Edge of the Forest
Essays on Cambodia, History, and Narrative in Honor of David Chandler
Inspired by David Chandler's groundbreaking work on Cambodian attempts to find order in the aftermath of turmoil, these essays explore Cambodian history using a rich variety of sources that cast light on Khmer perceptions of violence, wildness, and...



Cambodian Culture since 1975
Homeland and Exile