The Persistence of Cambodian Poverty: From the Killing Fields to Today

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Since the tragedies of the “killing fields” and the reign of the Khmer Rouge, the global community has largely ignored the social issues plaguing Cambodia. Though the infamous killings have largely stopped, poverty and corruption are rampant in contemporary Cambodia. This book includes a short history of Cambodia and covers the systemic nature of its poverty, and the contrasting economic success stories of Vietnam and Laos. This book is particularly relevant to those interested in the broader issue of eliminating world poverty.
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Harold R. Kerbo has been a professor of sociology at Cal Poly since 1977. He has been a Fulbright professor in Japan, Thailand, and Austria, and a visiting professor in Great Britain, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Thailand and Japan. He is the author of numerous books.
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Publisher
McFarland
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Published on
Mar 11, 2011
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Pages
228
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ISBN
9780786485871
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Language
English
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Genres
Social Science / Ethnic Studies / Asian American Studies
Social Science / General
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