Taming Babel: Language in the Making of Malaysia

Taming Babel: Language in the Making of Malaysia

by Rachel Leow


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781316602607
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 03/31/2018
Pages: 281
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x (d)

About the Author

Rachel Leow is a university lecturer in Modern East Asian History at the University of Cambridge. She received two full Ph.D. scholarships from the Bill and Melinda Gates Scholarship Foundation and from the Tunku Abdul Rahman Scholarship Fund at St Catharine's College, Cambridge. She was subsequently appointed as a Prize Fellow for the inaugural Prize Fellowships in Economics, Politics and History at Harvard University, Massachusetts.

Table of Contents

Introduction; Part I. The Colonial State: 1. The technocrats: challenges of governance in a polyglot society; 2. The knowledge producers: taming sounds, scripts and selves; Part II. Word Wars: 3. The lexicographers: dictionaries and the making of postwar politics; 4. The propagandists: public relations, psychological warfare and the making of the influential state; Part III. The Postcolonial State: 5. The language planners: Dewan Bahasa in the invention and constriction of the postcolonial nation-state; Postscript; Appendices; Glossary; Bibliography; Index.

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