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Document Type:Latin Dissertation
Language of Document:English
Record Number:52529
Doc. No:TL22483
Call number:‭1442476‬
Main Entry:Sina Hildegard Machander
Title & Author:Origins and development of ethnic identity in British Malaya, from fluidity to rigiditySina Hildegard Machander
College:Arizona State University
Date:2007
Degree:M.A.
student score:2007
Page No:84
Abstract:Ethnic identity in modern day Malaysia was largely formed and manipulated under British imperial rule. The process was driven by an imperial policy that established separate lives and spheres for each of Malaya's ethnic groups. They were given different rights and attended different schools; different options and limitations framed their futures. British rule brought a greater degree of both integration and separation to the ethnic communities of Malaya. It was under British rule that exclusivity became a feature of ethnic identity in Malaya. This was a forceful change. An artificial and rigid construct was imposed upon Malaya's society from the outside. This study analysed these newly created divisions---imagined and real---that separated Malaya's ethnic groups, and how each of them emerged from the transition from the original, flexible, and practical idea of ethnicity to the new and rigid construct. It demonstrated how and why certain communal rifts developed and slowly embedded themselves into people's consciousness. These imposed divisions were not limited to ethnicity; class boundaries were both established and re-enforced by the British so that even within one ethnic group severe restrictions applied.
Subject:Social sciences; History; Minority & ethnic groups; Sociology; 0631:Sociology; 0332:History; 0631:Minority & ethnic groups
Added Entry:Arizona State University