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Alexandra Kent


Alexandra Kent

Postal Address: Box 603, 40530 Göteborg
Visiting Address: Viktoriagatan 13, plan 3 , 41125 Göteborg

Gothenburg Research Institute (More Information)
Box 603
405 30 Göteborg
Fax: +46 31 786 5619
Visiting Address: Viktoriagatan 13, plan 3 , 411 25 Göteborg

About Alexandra Kent

Alexandra Kent holds a Masters degree in Social Anthropology from Edinburgh University. Her Masters dissertation was based upon fieldwork carried out in a South Indian village exploring Hindu domestic ritual. She conducted her doctoral studies at Gothenburg University and completed her doctoral dissertation in 2000. The research that this was based on concerned a neo-Hindu revitalisation movement in Malaysia; the study explored the political and ethnic dimensions of the movement in the context of Malaysian Islamisation.

Areas of interest
Alexandra Kent’s research has been conducted in South Asia and Southeast Asia. She has worked in India, Malaysia and Cambodia and in each case her work has examined various aspects of religious activity. This has included exploring the interplay between religion and politics, religion in relation to trauma and healing, and the workings of gender in the realm of religion. In the course of these studies she became increasingly interested in the ethnography of ‘security’ and began making use of indigenous understandings of moral and cosmic order to support a critical examination of current academic approaches to security. This interest inspired her to organise a conference in 2007 entitled “Culture and the Configuring of Security: using Asian perspectives to inform theoretical direction”.

Current research
Shaping Justice? The Khmer Rouge Tribunal's Influence on Expectations and Experiences of Justice in Cambodia

In 2009, the hybrid tribunal being held in the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) began its first trial of one of those accused of being most responsible for crimes against humanity committed during the Khmer Rouge regime 1975-1979. Among the objectives of the ECCC are those of enabling skill transfer from international to national legal staff, participation by victims and outreach programmes to broaden public awareness. In this way, the ECCC is to contribute to strengthening the Cambodian judiciary and ending the culture of impunity. The purpose of this project is to use anthropological theory and methods to explore how exposure to the ECCC, either as an observer or as a legal or lay participant, affects people’s understandings and practices in relation to justice in Cambodia. It asks what kinds of knowledge people are acquiring through their exposure to the court. The study then seeks to understand what this knowledge means in practice for people living in the aftermath of conflict, in a context of entrenched clientelism, continuing human rights abuses and impunity and fast-paced economic change that is benefitting elites at the expense of the most vulnerable.

Teaching and tutoring

  • Asian Studies
  • Writing Academic English
  • Global Health


Latest publications

The Justice Facade: Trials of Transition in Cambodia, by Alexander Laban Hinton
Alexandra Kent
Anthropos: Internationale Zeitschrift für Völker- und Sprachenkunde, Book review 2019
Book review

A Shifting Universe – religion and moral order in Cambodia
Alexandra Kent
The Handbook of Contemporary Cambodia, eds. Katherine Brickell and Simon Springer, London, Routledge, Chapter in book 2017
Chapter in book

The Price of 'Progress' in Cambodia
Alexandra Kent
Asia Dialogue, University of Nottingham, Asia Research Institute, Other 2017

Friction and Security at the Khmer Rouge Tribunal
Alexandra Kent
SOJOURN: Journal of Social Issues in Southeast Asia, Journal article 2013
Journal article

Intervention or Interaction? Developing Ideas from Cambodia
Alexandra Kent
Development Dialogue, Uppsala, Chapter in book 2012
Chapter in book

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Plural Security: Moral Order and Security in Cambodia
Alexandra Kent
Security and Development, John-Andrew McNeish and Jon Harald Sande Lie eds., Chapter in book 2010
Chapter in book

Shades of Gender in Cambodia
Alexandra Kent
Gendered Inequalities in Asia, Helle Rydström ed., Copenhagen, NIAS Press, Chapter in book 2010
Chapter in book



Controlling Intervention in a Globalizing World
Fredrik Söderbaum, Alexandra Kent
the 2nd National Peace Conference, Lund University, 2-3 October, Conference paper 2008
Conference paper


Calling the Souls: A Cambodian Ritual Text by Ashley Thompson
Alexandra Kent
Crossroads: Crossroads: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Southeast Asian Studies, Book review 2007
Book review

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