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Meditating Identities in a Changing Malaysian Society
Edited by Zawawi Ibrahim
ASEAN Academic Press
204 pages, 5 3/4" x 8 3/4"
This book combines fresh and critical perspectives into the analysis of the
Malaysian nation-state and its postcolonial social transformation. In contrast
to the conventional approach, it investigates development as a process of cultural
contestation in which new social meanings or identities are continuously being
constituted, renegotiated and reconstructed, involving the state, institutions,
classes and other groups of social actors. It therefore recognizes meditating
identities as a crucial process in the whole phenomenon of the emergence, consolidation
and sustainability of the modern nation-state. This collection, written by leading
Malaysianists and Malaysian scholars from the disciplines of social anthropology,
sociology, political science and literature, for the first time, brings together
both theoretical and empirical focus into the above discourse.