The Myth of the Lazy Native: A Study of the Image of the Malays, Filipinos and Javanese from the 16th to the 20th Century and Its Function in the Ideology of Colonial Capitalism
The Myth of the Lazy Native is Syed Hussein Alatas’ widely acknowledged critique of the colonial construction of Malay, Filipino and Javanese natives from the 16th to the 20th century. Drawing on the work of Karl Mannheim and the sociology of knowledge, Alatas analyses the origins and functions of such myths in the creation and reinforcement of colonial ideology and capitalism.
The book constitutes in his own words: ‘an effort to correct a one-sided colonial view of the Asian native and his society’ and will be of interest to students and scholars of colonialism, post-colonialism, sociology and South East Asian Studies.
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Chapter 1 The Image of the Malays until the Time of Raffles
Chapter 2 The British Image of the Malays in the Late 19th Century and 20th Century
Chapter 3 The Image of the Filipinos during the 17th to the 19th Centuries
Chapter 4 The Image of the Javanesefrom the 18th to the 20th Century
Chapter 5 The Image of Indolence and the Corresponding Reality
Chapter 6 Colonial Capitalism and its Attitude Towards Labour in the 19th and Early 20th Century
Chapter 7 The Indolence of the Filipinos
Chapter 8 The Colonial Image and the Study of National Character