Few challenges to the modern dream of democratic citizenship appear greater than the presence of severe ethnic, religious, and linguistic divisions in society. With their diverse religions and ethnic communities, the Southeast Asian countries of Malaysia,
"This collection of essays provides insightful shapshots of continuing and uncertain--indeed sometimes countervailing--processes of change: Islamic resurgence, urbanization and the growth of a middle class, electronic information flows, and nationalistic
Editor: Hefner, Robert W.;Robert W. Hefner
is professor of anthropology and director of the Program in Civil Society and Civic Culture at the Institute for the Study of Economic Culture, Boston University.