Growing up Female in Post-Colonial Malaysia
Routledge – 2014 – 256 pages
Series: ASAA Women in Asia Series
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.
1. Ethnicity, gender and education 2. Postcolonial Malaysia 3. Young women in multiethnic Malaysia 4. Academically high-achieving girls at Parkview High 5. Academically low achieving girls at Parkview High 6. Becoming workers: Educational and occupational destinations 7. Becoming women: Connecting to family, community and global spaces 8. Research reflections 9. Concluding remarks
Cynthia Joseph is a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Education at Monash University, Australia.