Transforming	Malaysia:	Dominant	and	Competing	Paradigms

Transforming Malaysia: Dominant and Competing Paradigms

by Anthony Milner

In the wake of Malaysia’s 13th General Election some commentators speak of a sharpening of ethnic politics — with Prime Minister Najib blaming a “Chinese tsunami” for his government’s polling setbacks; others are optimistic about the arrival of a new “non-racialized form of politics” and the emergence of “transethnic solidarity”. This book, which engages with both the race paradigm and its opponents, warns that change is likely to come slowly — but is not impossible. Malaysia’s race paradigm is a man-made ideological construct — one that has been contested in the past, and could realistically be contested in the future. In confronting the continuing challenge of globalization, Malaysians should not neglect the history of ideas — and ideology — as they search for new options.

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Preliminary pages
1. Introduction
2. Race and Its Competing Paradigms: A Historical Review
3. Knowledge Construction, the Rakyat Paradigm and Malaysia's Social Cohesion
4. Race Paradigm and Nation-Building in Malaysia
5. Race-Based Paradigm in Poverty Eradication and Income Distribution Analysis and Policy
6. Foreign Workers in Malaysia in the Post-Independence Era: Race Paradigm in State Policy, Academic Writings and Public Discourse
7. Trade Policy Formulation in Malaysia: Navigating between the Economic and Race Paradigms
8. National Security Conceptions and Foreign Policy Behaviour: Transcending the Dominant Race Paradigm?

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  • Number of Pages : 239
  • Publisher : Institute of Southeast Asian Studies
  • Weight : 330g
  • Product Code : 9789814517911
  • Dimension : 152 x 229 mm

About Author

Anthony Milner

Anthony Milner is Basham Professor of Asian History at the Australian National University and Professorial Fellow at the University of Melbourne.