Southeast Asian Identities: Culture and the Politics of Representation in Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, and Thailand

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Joel S. Kahn
I.B.Tauris, 1998 - Asia, Southeastern - 273 pages
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Cultural politics have undergone a resurgence in the last decade: nationalisms in Eastern and Central Europe, tribalisms in Africa, racial and ethnic movements in the Americas and Australasia have left the world in the grip of the politics of recognition. Until this book, however, little attention has been paid to the significance of cultural politics in Southeast Asia, whose people are often assumed to be dedicated to the single goal of economic development. This study of a variety of Southeast Asian countries - including Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand - reveals that such issues of culture and identity politics are, in fact, of primary importance to the people of the region and their leaders.
 

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Contents

Absence after the Hyphen
28
Race in Singapore
51
Chinese Indonesians
95
Globalization and Cultural Nationalism
115
An Enquiry into Power Cityscape
168
Church and State in
203
National Difference and Global Citizenship
227
Index
260
The Editor
274
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