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Translating Malaysian cultural modernity: A critical discourse analysis

Aziz, Nur Izzati Binti 2019. Translating Malaysian cultural modernity: A critical discourse analysis. PhD Thesis, Cardiff University.
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This study presents a critical investigation of Malaysia's modernisation project. It focuses on Malaysian cultural modernity and explores the Malaysian government's national policy implemented to create a united, modern and developed Malaysian society. This study offers comprehensive insights into Malaysian modernity in the post-Mahathir era. Mahathir has become synonymous with modernity ever since he initiated the plan to modernise Malaysia, as well as Malaysians during his first tenure as prime minister from 1981 to 2003. During this period, the topic of Malaysian modernity was explored extensively by many scholars. As a result, discourse on Malaysian modernity tend to be centred around Mahathir. Although Mahathir's national plan, known as Vision 2020 remains relevant after he left the office and continues to be the basic framework for modernity, Malaysian modernity is rather subjective and involves complex issues of identity and culture, specifically with regard to Malaysia's diverse society. This study illustrates the subjectivity of Malaysian modernity through a Critical Discourse Analysis of articles published in Berita Harian and New Straits Times, two mainstream newspapers in Malaysia. It is an exploration of the discourse of Malaysian identity and modernity within the period from 2003 to 2018. This study offers academic contribution to the scholarship of post-colonial identity and modernity by investigating the version of modernity that the Malaysian government aims to achieve.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Date Type: Completion
Status: Unpublished
Schools: Journalism, Media and Culture
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 6 May 2020
Last Modified: 06 May 2020 08:57

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