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dc.contributor.author Jacobsen, Michael
dc.date.accessioned 2009-09-07
dc.date.accessioned 2009-09-07T12:26:07Z
dc.date.available 2009-09-07T12:26:07Z
dc.date.issued 2009-09-07T12:26:07Z
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10398/7909
dc.description.abstract Identity formation is probably one of the most discussed aspects of strategic positioning within anthropology, sociology and political science. In general notions of identity have been based on either an absolutist or primordial understanding of belonging or a constructionalist view in which social and political positioning in terms of identity formation are governed by a given societal context. This paper bases its understanding of identity formation on the latter approach. This means that depending of context individuals have several different although related identities to choose between when manoeuvring in a complex and dynamic social environment. Identity formation, achieved or ascribed, and its various forms of externalisation are thus negotiated and not absolute. The dynamic behind this notion of identity formation is individual agency strategically manipulating social, economic and political positioning in a given societal setup. To illustrate the complexities and in this case negative ramifications of social engineering the article focuses on inter-ethnic relations and industrial development in Penang, Malaysia. en_US
dc.format.extent 40 s. en_US
dc.language eng en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Copenhagen Discussion Papers;2009-30
dc.subject.other Identity formation en_US
dc.subject.other Inter-ethnic relations en_US
dc.subject.other Industrialisation en_US
dc.subject.other Nation building en_US
dc.subject.other Penang en_US
dc.subject.other Malaysia en_US
dc.title Frozen Identities en_US
dc.type wp en_US
dc.accessionstatus modt09sep07 nijemo en_US
dc.contributor.corporation Copenhagen Business School. CBS en_US
dc.contributor.department Asia Research Centre en_US
dc.contributor.departmentshort ARC en_US
dc.contributor.departmentuk Asia Research Centre en_US
dc.contributor.departmentukshort ARC en_US
dc.idnumber x656597452 en_US
dc.publisher.year 2009 en_US
dc.title.subtitle Inter-Ethnic Relations and Economic Development in Penang, Malaysia en_US


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