Date of Award
Honors Thesis (Open Access)
Colby College. History Dept.
Arnout van der Meer
Using historian Benedict Anderson's framework from his seminal text Imagined Communities of examining nation-building and identity construction through colonial artifacts, this thesis turns to maps, censuses, and museums to better understand the colonial and post-colonial imagining of the country that is now known as Malaysia. Reconciling with regional histories that predate the nation-state and defy the contemporary boundaries of territoriality, this thesis largely seeks to elucidate the contestation between colonially-imposed ideas of spatiality, categorization, and the reproduction of history with the modern Malaysian nation-state and the conflation of ethnicity with nationalism from which much of this contestation is derived from.
Malaysia, nationalism, nationality, ethnicity, Melayu, imagination
Recommended CitationRockett, Jackson, "Map, Census, Museum: Imagining the Malaysian Nation-State and the Malay Identity" (2023). Honors Theses. Paper 1417.