Questioning Modernity in Indonesia and Malaysia
Publication Year: 2012
Published by: NUS Press Pte Ltd
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Chapter 1: Introduction
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This book brings together theoretical debates on the concept of modernity on the one hand, and the study of Indonesian and Malaysian modern social and cultural formations on the other. It represents a contribution to a much broader and ongoing project, namely, the critical engagement with the concept...
Transnational and Border-zone Modernities
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Chapter 2: Islam and Capitalism in the Frontiers and Borderlands of the Modern Malay World
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Much ink has been spilled over the question of the relationship — or non-relationship — between Islam and capitalism. This paper explores this issue by focusing on the relationships between Islam, capitalism and modernity in urban and rural “frontier” and “borderland” regions of insular and peninsular Asia...
Chapter 3: Malay Social Imaginaries: Nationalist and Other Collective Identities in Indonesia
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By the late twentieth century, the conditions that sustain nationalism in Western societies — most notably in Europe — have changed. These institutional and socio-economic changes have led, in most parts of the Western world, to a fragmentation of the prevailing narratives of social identity; a plurality...
Chapter 4: Networking the Pan-Dayak
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It is widely acknowledged that cultural identity is constructed (King 1982; Vickers 1989; Hall 1992; Eriksen 1993; Kipp 1993; Kahn 1993; Kahn 1995; Picard 1997; Wood 1998). As King and Wilder argue: Ethnicity is obviously expressed as a product of the past, evoking common origins, social linkages and...
Nation-states and Citizenships
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Chapter 5: Dilemma of Progressive Politics in Malaysia: Islamic Orthodoxy versus Human Rights
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Th is essay reflects on recent conflicts over religious freedom between “Islamic” and “secularist” factions in Malaysia to highlight the difficulty facing progressive politics in a postcolonial and multi-ethnic society in today’s world. I suggest that the dispute between Islam and religious freedom must be understood...
Chapter 6: Ethnicity, Nation-state and Citizenship among Chinese Indonesians
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The current Indonesian state has undergone a period of bloody ethnic and religious conflict since the end of the Suharto regime in 1998 (Wilson 2001). Many commentators have raised doubts over the Indonesian nationstate’s ability to accommodate the range of ethnic diff erences within its border, thus bringing...
Cultural and Moral Orientations
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Chapter 7: The Youth, Modernity and Morality in Malaysia
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This chapter explores an unfolding series of cultural contests around the place of “the youth” in modernising Malaysia. Discussing a number of key episodes of social anxiety, it looks at the ways in which “the youth” has become a central site of metaphorical warfare in cultural contests about modernity and the future...
Chapter 8: The Relevance and Limits of the Model of Small Commodity Production: Rethinking Malay Rubber Smallholders
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Debates on the definition of “peasant” have become notoriously tiresome (Silverman 1983: 7). There seems to be no possibility of reaching a final agreement on the definition among scholars. It is hard to avoid the feeling that conceptual confusion becomes worse as the debates go on. As we try to define peasant more...
Chapter 9: Technology, Culture and Modernity in Malaysia
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The last decade has seen a number of studies on the popular and public representation of technology in Malaysia. Most of these studies have focused on information and communication technologies and have highlighted — amongst other things — the role of government investment/ support in new...
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Publication Year: 2012