Class, Race And Colonialism In Peninsular Malaysia: A Political History Of Malaysian Indians


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Class, Race And Colonialism In Peninsular Malaysia: A Political History Of Malaysian Indians

Price:  US$14.46   (SGD20.08*)
Format:  Paper Back,  pages
Published:  2019, Malaysia, 1st Edition
ISBN:  9789672165118
SB#:  062459 (0)

About This Book

Michael Stenson offers the authoritative political history of ethnic Indians in colonial and early post-colonial Malaya. Rejecting the plural society approach, he discusses relevant aspects of the political economy of colonial Malaya, including its class structure, the organisation of labour, its place in the world economy and importance to the British empire. Stenson links British policies to the exploitation and impoverishment of mainly Indian workers. He outlines how Malaysia's post-colonial ruling elite perpetuated communal divisions in furthering ethno-populisms in defence of their own interests. Now republished with an Afterword by V. Selvaratnam, Stenson's historical insights remain relevant in the face of the continuing, but nonetheless changing plight of the vast working-class majority of Malaysian Indians.


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