Essential Outsiders

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The essays in this book explore the reasons why the Jews in Central Europe and the Chinese in Southeast Asia have been both successful and stigmatized, essential but not fully accepted. They offer insights into the very formation of ethnic and national identities in the modern world and ideas about when the process is more or less likely to lead to either violent social separation and conflict or peaceful accommodation. Their careful scholarship and measured tone contribute to a balanced view of the subject and introduce a historical depth and comparative perspective that have generally been lacking in past discussions. Those who want to understand both contemporary Southeast Asia and the legacy of the Jewish experience in Central Europe will gain new insights from the book.
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Pt. 1 Similarities and Disparities: An Introduction to the Comparison of Entrepreneurial Minorities
1 Conflicting Identities and the Dangers of Communalism 3
2 Entrepreneurial Minorities, Nationalism, and the State 33
Pt. 2 Identity, Choice, and the Reaction to Prejudice among Chinese and Jews
3 Imagined Uncommunity: The Lookjin Middle Class and Thai Official Nationalism 75
4 "Pride and Prejudice" or "Sense and Sensibility"? How Reasonable Was Anti-Semitism in Vienna, 1880-1939? 99
5 Jewish Entrepreneurship and Identity under Capitalism and Socialism in Central Europe: The Unresolved Dilemmas of Hungarian Jewry 125
6 Anti-Sinicism and Chinese Identity Options in the Philippines 153
Pt. 3 The Modernization of Ethnic Perceptions and Conflicts
7 Anti-Sinicism in Java's New Order 187
8 Middleman Minorities and Blood: Is There a Natural Economy of the Ritual Murder Accusation in Europe? 208
Pt. 4 Chinese Businesses in Contemporary Southeast Asia: Are There Parallels?
9 A Specific Idiom of Chinese Capitalism in Southeast Asia: Sino-Malaysian Capital Accumulation in the Face of State Hostility 237
10 Ethnicity and Capitalist Development: The Changing Role of the Chinese in Thailand 258
11 Strengths and Weaknesses of Minority Status for Southeast Asian Chinese at a Time of Economic Growth and Liberalization 285
List of Contributors 318
Index 321
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