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1st Edition

Growing up Female in Multi-Ethnic Malaysia

ISBN 9781138573802
Published October 12, 2017 by Routledge
224 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book provides a rich, detailed analysis of the experiences of young women growing up in post-colonial, rapidly modernizing Malaysia. It considers the impact of ethnicity, socio-economic status, and school experiences and achievement. It discusses the effects of Malaysia’s ethnic affirmative action programmes and of the country’s Islamisation. It sets out and compares the life trajectories of Malay, Indian and Chinese young women, making use of interview and questionnaire data gathered over a long period. It thereby depicts individuals’ transformations as they experience maturing into adulthood against a background of social and economic changes, and varying levels of inter-racial tension.

Table of Contents

Introduction  1. Ethnicities in Postcolonial Malaysia  2. Education in the 21st Century  3. Young Women in Multiethnic Malaysia  4. Parkview Girls High School  5. Academically High-achieving Girls  6. Academically Low Achieving Girls  7. Post-school Education and Training  8. Becoming Workers: Occupational Destinations  9. Becoming Women: Marriage, Sexuality and Gender Relations

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Cynthia Joseph is a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Education at Monash University, Australia.


"...this book is a useful and insightful addition to a research canon concerned with analysing the shifting and curious convolution of ethnicity and state politics that characterize contemporary Malaysia.  A recommended read.  "
Sara Ashencaen Crabtree
Vol. 30, No. 2

"This is a persuasive and compelling book [...] Joseph’s study of young females within the schooling
system strikes at the heart of the many questionings and critiques of the NEP."
Maznah Mohamad
Pacific Affairs
Volume 89, No. 3 – September 2016