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Book review: Frederik Holst, Ethnicization and identity construction in Malaysia, Abingdon: Routledge, 2012, 240 pp. £85.00 hbk

Koh, Sin Yee (2013) Book review: Frederik Holst, Ethnicization and identity construction in Malaysia, Abingdon: Routledge, 2012, 240 pp. £85.00 hbk. Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism, 13 (2). pp. 269-271. ISSN 1473-8481

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Identification Number: 10.1111/sena.12038

Abstract

Within studies of ethnicity, nationalism, and the bumiputera (‘sons of the soil’) status in Malaysia, scholars have tended to focus their discussions on: 1) the origins of the concepts (Hirschman 1986); 2) the role of the state in institutionalizing ethnic identities (Milner 1998); or 3) the implications of ethnicity-informed policies in either the political (Milner 1994), economic (Balasubramaniam 2007), or social sphere (Brown 2007; Koh 2008). Rarely do we find works bridging historical explanations with analysis of multiple contemporary cases in a single-authored book or works addressing implications across political, economic, and social spheres in equal depth. It is here that Frederik Holst’s Ethnicization and Identity Construction in Malaysia offers an excellent contribution. By focusing on processes that construct, legitimize and invoke ethnicity (i.e. ethnicization), Holst is able to link the origins and impacts of ethnicity at multiple scales under the same analytical lens.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1111/%28...
Additional Information: © 2013 Association for the Study of Ethnicity and Nationalism
Divisions: Geography & Environment
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Sets: Departments > Geography and Environment
Date Deposited: 21 Oct 2013 09:10
Last Modified: 09 Sep 2020 23:38
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/53626

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