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Dale Carnegie, The Carpenters, and Cambodia
Journal of Contemporary Ethnography
  • Barbara G. Brents, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Document Type
Article
Publication Date
1-1-1999
Abstract
The problems of politics in the postmodern were never made more clear to me than during a visit to Cambodia and Vietnam in 1990. The following is an autoethnographic tale of my struggles as a white, middle-class, female, political sociologist encountering these remains of the Vietnam War. I write about my problem of locating a stable place for political action in the antifoundationalist epistemology of postmodern thought and within the hyperreality of postmodern media culture. I juxtapose a journal I kept while in Cambodia with my subsequent reflections on this journal to explore the ironies of lines between the “reality” of war and the “unreality” of U.S. postmodern culture. Bringing the materiality of body, place, and time and the fictions and fantasies of desire into sociological writing may be a way of writing the political in a way that pursues social justice.
Keywords
  • Cambodia,
  • Ethnology,
  • Political participation,
  • Political sociology,
  • Postmodernism,
  • Social justice,
  • Sociology--Political aspects,
  • Vietnam
Language
English
Permissions
Use Find in Your Library, contact the author, or interlibrary loan to garner a copy of the item. Publisher policy does not allow archiving the final published version. If a post-print (author's peer-reviewed manuscript) is allowed and available, or publisher policy changes, the item will be deposited.
Identifier
DOI: 10.1177/089124199129023299
Citation Information
Barbara G. Brents. "Dale Carnegie, The Carpenters, and Cambodia" Journal of Contemporary Ethnography Vol. 27 Iss. 4 (1999) p. 435 - 460
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/barb_brents/5/