2013 研究助成 Research Grant Program  /  共同研究助成A1  
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International Joint Research on the Concept of the "Elastic Public Sphere" in Cambodia
牧野 冬生
Fuyuki Makino
Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies, Waseda University
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企画書・概要 (Abstract of Project Proposal)


 Twenty-one years have passed since the 1991 Paris Peace Agreements ended the Cambodian Civil War. The nation is now in a new phase of development, one in which it no longer primarily receives international economic and humanitarian aid but rather private investments. The assistance from international organizations and NGOs in preventing forced labor and human trafficking has drastically decreased, with local organizations taking over these initiatives. Despite the efforts of the latter, the number of trafficking victims is, however, increasing, and such urgent tasks such as job training and self-reliance support for them remained unsolved. Relying on interdisciplinary research with an anthropological perspective, this study presents a new analysis of the social receptivity of the community to the victims of human trafficking. The key to this analysis is the "Elastic Public Sphere," which subsumes Buddhist spirituality and the sense of public morality that has flourished since the end of the war. In this public sphere, alterity can be accepted and relationships of mutual trust can be constructed. Therefore, we analyze alterity in both daily life and religious practices in order to reveal the process by which people have established a receptive social system, and we attempt to theorize the concept of "Elastic Public Sphere."

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