The Primordial Modernity of Malay Nationality
Humairah Zainal, Kamaludeen Mohamed Nasir
Hardback, 196 pages
Contemporary Identity in Malaysia and Singapore
Humairah and Kamaludeen examine contemporary Malay national identity in Singapore and Malaysia through the lens of ‘primordial modernity’, taking on a comparative transnational perspective.
How do Malays in Singapore and Malaysia conceptualise and negotiate their ethnic identity vis-à-vis the state’s construction of Malay national identity? Humairah and Kamaludeen employ discourse analyses of both elite and mass texts that include newspaper editorials, school textbooks, political speeches, novels, movies, and letters in local newspapers. Extending current notions of Malay identity, the authors offer a comprehensive overview of Malay identity that takes into consideration both primordial dimensions and the more modern aspects such as their cosmopolitan sensibilities and their approach to social mobility.
2: Discourse Analysis, National Identity and Malay Texts
3: Fragmented Cosmopolitanism
4: Ethnoreligious Identity
5: The Developed Citizens
6: The Elites