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The Politics Of Gender, Ethnicity, and Democratization In Malaysia: Shifting Interests and Identities

Maznah Mohamad

in Gender Justice, Development, and Rights

Published in print November 2002 | ISBN: 9780199256457
Published online January 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191601989 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199256454.003.0011

Series: Oxford Studies in Democratization

The Politics Of Gender, Ethnicity, and Democratization In Malaysia: Shifting Interests and Identities

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This chapter explores the three phases of political development in Malaysia, and the changing features of women’s movements as they interface with the politics of ethnicity and democratisation. Gender politics evolved by taking three main facets: political sponsorship, political division, and political inclusion. It is argued that under Malaysia’s current phase of political reconstruction, conflicting gender interests are at risk for being coalesced as ethnic identities and interests are being de-emphasized. However, this process can only be sustained if autonomous feminist movements can withstand pressures to succumb to the agendas of opposition and ruling political parties that exploit the gender discourse for their legitimacy.

Keywords: political development; Malaysia; women’s movement; feminism; political sponsorship; gender inclusion; ethnicity; democratisation

Chapter.  14808 words. 

Subjects: Politics

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