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Title: Neither here nor there : the uneven modernisation of Malay masculinity
Author: Rahmat, Ahmad Fuad
ISNI:       0000 0004 8506 6817
Awarding Body: University of Nottingham
Current Institution: University of Nottingham
Date of Award: 2020
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Through various far-reaching measures of modernisation the recently independent Malaysian state endeavoured to construct a capitalist infrastructure while demanding Malay men to embrace a new ethos of hard work, conquest and productivity. This thesis analyses Malay films to explore the extent to which the clash of differing temporalities in the aforesaid process problematized Malay masculine power. To explore this I shall turn to a local trend of films about Malay men in transit where they are often shown journeying in search of home and work. Here I point out two things: Firstly, we frequently a see a struggle for men to adapt to modernisation shown against women's relatively more adjusted and advanced position in it. Secondly, this often raises the structural question of which gender ultimately commands the meaning of 'home' and belonging, a question that reveals a tension between a modernity dictated in Malay masculine terms and a longer-standing history of Malay women's cultural influence. Ultimately, I argue that Malaysian modernity is underlined by a cultural battle over the gender of history, as the question of who Malay modernity is for, that is to say if it will be won by its men or women, remains unresolved. This amounts to an uneven gender regime where Malay women's historically established cultural authority actively contends with an expanding patriarchy.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: PN1993 Motion pictures