The Middle Class and Ethnic Identities in Malaysia: Transcending the Paradox of Malaysian-ness

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The Middle Class and Ethnic Identities in Malaysia: Transcending the Paradox of Malaysian-ness

Type: Master thesis
Title: The Middle Class and Ethnic Identities in Malaysia: Transcending the Paradox of Malaysian-ness
Author: Afzal, Sheza
Issue Date: 2018
Keywords: Malaysia
Identity
Middle Class
Ethnicity
Democracy
Bersih
Modernisation Theory
Colonialism
Postcolonial State
Affirmative Action
Citizenship
Abstract: This thesis examines the contradictions at the heart of Malaysia's national narrative, where the perception of a unified national Malaysian identity conflicts with such institutional ethnic-based laws and rights as exemplified by the NEP. It investigates if the possibility of middle class affiliation, as illustrated by the Bersih movement, offers an alternative way of imagining Malaysian identity that transcends persistent ethno-religious classifications, moving towards a sense of universal, inclusive citizenship.
Description: Interview and survey based research.
Supervisor: Nordholt, H. Schulte
Faculty: Faculty of Humanities
Department: Asian Studies (60 EC) (Master)
Specialisation: Asian Studies: Politics, Society and Economics
ECTS Credits: 15
Handle: http://hdl.handle.net/1887/62788
 

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