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dc.titleUrban versus Rural Voters in Malaysia: More Similarities than Differences
dc.contributor.authorOng, Elvin
dc.date.accessioned2021-07-07T05:21:45Z
dc.date.available2021-07-07T05:21:45Z
dc.date.issued2020-04-01
dc.identifier.citationOng, Elvin (2020-04-01). Urban versus Rural Voters in Malaysia: More Similarities than Differences. CONTEMPORARY SOUTHEAST ASIA 42 (1) : 28-57. ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.1355/cs42-1b
dc.identifier.issn0129797X
dc.identifier.issn1793284X
dc.identifier.urihttps://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/193748
dc.description.abstractIn Malaysia, ethnicity is the primary social cleavage around which politics is articulated, organized and contested. Yet, extant scholarship also suggests urbanization as an important secondary cleavage driving political conflict. Urban voters are perceived to be more politically engaged and active, and politically more liberal, as compared to their rural counterparts. They are therefore more likely to vote for political parties opposed to the Barisan Nasional. But is there really an urbanrural dichotomy in Malaysia? This article contends that the existing literature regarding urbanization’s effect on political attitudes and voting behaviour in Malaysia is fraught with theoretical, methodological and empirical challenges. Furthermore, survey data from three waves of the Asian Barometer suggests that differences with regards to political attitudes between urban and rural Malaysians diminish substantially or contradict theoretical expectations when other demographic variables are controlled for. These results suggest that scholars of Malaysian politics should be wary of findings that exaggerate urban-rural differences. Perpetuating the stereotype misleads future research, entrenches political polarization and deepens the potential for social conflict.
dc.language.isoen
dc.publisherINST SOUTHEAST ASIAN STUDIES-ISEAS
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dc.subjectSocial Sciences
dc.subjectArea Studies
dc.subjectInternational Relations
dc.subjectPolitical Science
dc.subjectGovernment & Law
dc.subjecturbanization
dc.subjectmodernization theory
dc.subjectdemocratization
dc.subjectpolitical attitudes
dc.subjectvoting behaviour
dc.subjectSoutheast Asia
dc.subjectMalaysia
dc.subjectECONOMIC-DEVELOPMENT
dc.subjectELECTIONS
dc.subjectPOLITICS
dc.subjectURBANIZATION
dc.subjectVILLAGERS
dc.subjectDEMOCRACY
dc.typeArticle
dc.date.updated2021-07-06T16:53:26Z
dc.contributor.departmentDEPT OF POLITICAL SCIENCE
dc.description.doi10.1355/cs42-1b
dc.description.sourcetitleCONTEMPORARY SOUTHEAST ASIA
dc.description.volume42
dc.description.issue1
dc.description.page28-57
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