The Cambodian Family after the Khmer Rouge Genocide: Continuity and Change

Floriane Demont, University of Geneva
Patrick Heuveline, Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (CASBS)

Between wobbly past foundations after the Khmer Rouge genocide (1975-1979) and fast and challenging recent modernization changes, the Khmer family attempts to adapt itself and maintain continuity. In this paper, we will focus on characterizing both demographic changes and the determinants of these changes that have taken place in Khmer households structures during the last decade. Furthermore, a comparative perspective of individuals' life spans who did or did not experience the KR regime will permit a better understanding of the impact of those socioeconomic events on family life cycles. MIPopLab panel data and sequential analyzes will demonstrate the effect of the main demographic events on Khmer household changes.

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Presented in Session 47: Family Change in Historical Perspective