We are delighted to see Professor Katherine Brickell’s new book, Home SOS: Gender, Violence, and Survival in Crisis Ordinary Cambodia, published this month.
Drawing on 15 years of fieldwork, Home SOS argues that the home is central to the violence and gendered contingency of existence in crisis ordinary Cambodia. Based on over 300 interviews, it focuses on women's experiences of survival-work in (un)eventful situations of domestic violence and forced eviction. In doing so it:
- Provides an original study bringing domestic violence and forced eviction into twin view
- Offers relational insights between different violences to build an integrated understanding of women’s experiences of home life
- Mobilises the crisis ordinary as a critical pedagogy and imaginary through which to understand everyday gendered politics of survival
- Positions domestic violence and forced eviction as manifestations of intimate war against women’s homes and bodies located inside and outside of the traditional purview of war
- Reaffirms and reprioritises the home as a political entity which is foundational to the concerns of human geography.