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Identity Politics and Elections in Malaysia and Indonesia: Ethnic Engineering in Borneo by Karolina Prasad (review)

Identity Politics and Elections in Malaysia and Indonesia: Ethnic Engineering in Borneo by... Contemporary Southeast Asia Vol. 38, No. 2 (2016), pp. 312–14 DOI: 10.1355/cs38-2g © 2016 ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute ISSN 0129-797X print / ISSN 1793-284X electronic Identity Politics and Elections in Malaysia and Indonesia: Ethnic Engineering in Borneo. By Karolina Prasad. Abingdon, Oxon.: Routledge, 2016. Hardcover: 215pp. In this book, Karolina Prasad attempts to study how institutions, particularly political parties, play a role in changing ethnic identities in consociational and centripetal polities. In the context of Southeast Asian politics, studies on the role of ethnicity in electoral politics are numerous. In Malaysia, for instance, scholars have often tried to identify the link between voters’ ethnic identity and their political choices. The usual method to explore this link is to examine voters’ voting preferences towards candidates and political parties that have strong ethnic appeals. For instance, the bulk of support for the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) comes primarily from Malays, while support for the Malaysian Chinese Association (MCA) and the Malaysian Indian Congress (MIC) comes from the Chinese and Indian electorates respectively. In the eastern Malaysian provinces of Sabah and Sarawak, most, if not all, of the political parties depend heavily on the support of particular ethnic groups. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Contemporary Southeast Asia: A Journal of International and Strategic Affairs Institute of Southeast Asian Studies

Identity Politics and Elections in Malaysia and Indonesia: Ethnic Engineering in Borneo by Karolina Prasad (review)

Identity Politics and Elections in Malaysia and Indonesia: Ethnic Engineering in Borneo by Karolina Prasad (review)


Contemporary Southeast Asia Vol. 38, No. 2 (2016), pp. 312–14 DOI: 10.1355/cs38-2g © 2016 ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute ISSN 0129-797X print / ISSN 1793-284X electronic Identity Politics and Elections in Malaysia and Indonesia: Ethnic Engineering in Borneo. By Karolina Prasad. Abingdon, Oxon.: Routledge, 2016. Hardcover: 215pp. In this book, Karolina Prasad attempts to study how institutions, particularly political parties, play a role in changing ethnic identities in consociational and centripetal polities. In the context of Southeast Asian politics, studies on the role of ethnicity in electoral politics are numerous. In Malaysia, for instance, scholars have often tried to identify the link between voters’ ethnic identity and their political choices. The usual method to explore this link is to examine voters’ voting preferences towards candidates and political parties that have strong ethnic appeals. For instance, the bulk of support for the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) comes primarily from Malays, while support for the Malaysian Chinese Association (MCA) and the Malaysian Indian Congress (MIC) comes from the Chinese and Indian electorates respectively. In the eastern Malaysian provinces of Sabah and Sarawak, most, if not all, of the political parties depend heavily on the support of particular ethnic groups. The second largest party in Sabah, the Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS), is primarily a Kadazandusun-based party even though it claims to represent the wider interests of Sabah’s culturally diverse society. In Sarawak, key parties such as the Parti Pesaka Bersatu (PBB), Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) and the Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) all operate based on certain ethnic appeals. In this context, Prasad’s main contribution to the research on ethnic politics is that she explores how ethnic identity (or...
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Contemporary Southeast Asia Vol. 38, No. 2 (2016), pp. 312–14 DOI: 10.1355/cs38-2g © 2016 ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute ISSN 0129-797X print / ISSN 1793-284X electronic Identity Politics and Elections in Malaysia and Indonesia: Ethnic Engineering in Borneo. By Karolina Prasad. Abingdon, Oxon.: Routledge, 2016. Hardcover: 215pp. In this book, Karolina Prasad attempts to study how institutions, particularly political parties, play a role in changing ethnic identities in consociational and centripetal polities. In the context of Southeast Asian politics, studies on the role of ethnicity in electoral politics are numerous. In Malaysia, for instance, scholars have often tried to identify the link between voters’ ethnic identity and their political choices. The usual method to explore this link is to examine voters’ voting preferences towards candidates and political parties that have strong ethnic appeals. For instance, the bulk of support for the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) comes primarily from Malays, while support for the Malaysian Chinese Association (MCA) and the Malaysian Indian Congress (MIC) comes from the Chinese and Indian electorates respectively. In the eastern Malaysian provinces of Sabah and Sarawak, most, if not all, of the political parties depend heavily on the support of particular ethnic groups.

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Contemporary Southeast Asia: A Journal of International and Strategic AffairsInstitute of Southeast Asian Studies

Published: Aug 13, 2016

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