The Nature of Revolution

Art and Politics under the Khmer Rouge

Title Details

Pages: 192

Illustrations: 11 b&w images

Trim size: 6.000in x 9.000in



Pub Date: 05/01/2023

ISBN: 9-780-8203-6491-9

List Price: $32.95


Pub Date: 01/15/2019

ISBN: 9-780-8203-5439-2

List Price: $59.95

The Nature of Revolution

Art and Politics under the Khmer Rouge

A framework for understanding Khmer Rouge-era art and politics

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The Nature of Revolution provides the first account of art and politics under the brutal Khmer Rouge regime in Cambodia. James A. Tyner repositions Khmer Rouge artworks within their proper political and economic context: the materialization of a political organization in an era of anticolonial and decolonization movements. Consequently, both the organization’s policies and practices—including the production of poetry, music, and photography—were incontrovertibly shaped by and created to further the Khmer Rouge’s agenda.Theoretically informed and empirically grounded, Tyner’s work examines the social dimensions of the Khmer Rouge, while contributing broadly to a growing literature on the intersection of art and politics. Building on the foundational works of theorists such as Jacques Rancière, Theodor Adorno, and Walter Benjamin, Tyner explores the insights of Leon Trotsky and his descriptions of the politics of aesthetics specific to socialist revolutions. Ultimately, Tyner reveals a fundamental tension between individuality and bureaucratic control and its impact on artistic creativity and freedom.

About the Author/Editor

JAMES A. TYNER is a professor of geography at Kent State University and fellow of the American Association of Geographers. He is the author of eighteen books, including The Nature of Revolution: Art and Politics under the Khmer Rouge (Georgia) and War, Violence, and Population: Making the Body Count, which received the AAG Meridian Book Award for Outstanding Scholarly Work in Geography. His honors include the AAG Glenda Laws Award, which recognizes outstanding contributions to geographic research on social issues.