© 2002

State-led Modernization and the New Middle Class in Malaysia


Part of the International Political Economy Series book series (IPES)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxii
  2. Abdul Rahman Embong
    Pages 1-17
  3. Abdul Rahman Embong
    Pages 18-31
  4. Abdul Rahman Embong
    Pages 59-77
  5. Abdul Rahman Embong
    Pages 78-99
  6. Abdul Rahman Embong
    Pages 100-126
  7. Abdul Rahman Embong
    Pages 127-148
  8. Abdul Rahman Embong
    Pages 168-190
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 210-247

About this book


Rich in detail and lucidly written, this is the first definitive study of the new middle class in Malaysia. Abdul Rahman Embong examines the emergence and role of the new Malay middle class, particularly with regard to democratization and evolution of civil society in Malaysia. As well as exploring variations within the class across the country, the author also draws comparisons with the Malay working class, and the middle classes of China, India and elsewhere in East Asia.


community democracy democratization evolution politics transformation

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Malaysian and International StudiesUniversiti Kebangsaan MalaysiaMalaysia

About the authors

ABDUL RAHMAN EMBONG is Professor in Sociology of Development at the Institute of Malaysian and International Studies, University Kebangsaan, Malaysia. He is President of the Malaysian Social Science Association and Editor-in-Chief of Akademika, UKM's journal of the social sciences and humanities. He is an author/editor of several books (in Malay) and has also translated several books from English into Malay.

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