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Globalization And Bangsa Malaysia Discourse In Racial Crisis

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The study of Malaysia's multiethnic social dynamics has long been beholden to frameworks bequeathed by Orientalist epistemological regimes, such as Furnivall's &t;plural society&t; thesis which conceives of &t;race&t; in Malaysia as an ontological and primordial feature of society, an illiberal &t;passion&t; so-to-speak, characteristic of a pre-modern non-West. In more recent turns in European social theory, deconstructive and postmodern tendencies have critiqued essentialised categories of identity and framed cultural hybridity and transcendent subject-potential as the privileged object of poststructural agency. The cultural studies project, which examines race not as a ?passion? but as material-ideological discourse, allows us to open a necessary horizon of intervention. The globalization-linked restructuring of production in Malaysia corresponds with the official emergence of neoliberal Bangsa Malaysia nation-building discourse by the state.

Keywords: Bangsa Malaysia; globalization; racial crisis



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