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Sacred cows and crashing boars : ethno-religious minorities and the politics of online representation in Malaysia

Leong, Susan (2012) Sacred cows and crashing boars : ethno-religious minorities and the politics of online representation in Malaysia. Critical Asian Studies, 44(1), pp. 31-56.

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Abstract

Starting with the incident now known as the Cow’s Head Protest, this article traces and unpacks the events, techniques, and conditions surrounding the representation of ethno-religious minorities in Malaysia. The author suggests that the Malaysian Indians’ struggle to correct the dominant reading of their community as an impoverished and humbled underclass is a disruption of the dominant cultural order in Malaysia. It is also among the key events to have has set in motion a set of dynamics—the visual turn—introduced by new media into the politics of ethno-communal representation in Malaysia. Believing that this situation requires urgent examination the author attempts to outline the problematics of the task.

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ID Code: 48118
Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Cow head protest, Malaysia, ethno-religious minorities, Shah Alam, malaysiakini
DOI: 10.1080/14672715.2012.644886
ISSN: 1467-2715
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA STUDIES (200100) > Media Studies (200104)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > CULTURAL STUDIES (200200) > Migrant Cultural Studies (200208)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Current > Schools > Journalism, Media & Communication
Deposited On: 18 Jan 2012 07:57
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2013 12:33

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