The making of race in colonial Malaya: Political economy and racial ideology

@article{Hirschman1986TheMO,
  title={The making of race in colonial Malaya: Political economy and racial ideology},
  author={Charles Hirschman},
  journal={Sociological Forum},
  year={1986},
  volume={1},
  pages={330-361}
}
  • C. Hirschman
  • Published 1 March 1986
  • Sociology
  • Sociological Forum
The conventional interpretation of the “race problem” in Peninsular Malaysia (Malaya) is founded upon the supposedly inevitable frictions between ethnic communities with sharply divergent cultural traditions. In this view, assimilation between the indigenous Malay population and the descendants of immigrants from China and India was always a remote possibility. In this paper I argue that modern “race relations” in Peninsular Malaysia, in the sense of impenetrable group boundaries, were a… 

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