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From Blood to Public Office: Constituting Bureaucratic Rulers in Colonial Malaya

  • Peter Triantafillou (a1)

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With the transformation from the Malay kerajaan rule based on economic extraction and the capability to take life to British colonial rule, Malays aspiring to govern others were now subject to a set of mundane disciplinary techniques seeking to promote a bureaucratic ethos that precipitated around academic merits, team spirit and above all the strange distinction between public and private spheres of action.

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This article has improved significantly thanks to the constructive criticism of two anonymous referees of the Journal of Southeast Asian Studies, and Christa Armhøj and Rigmor Lond from the Copenhagen Business School. The research supporting the article was made possible by a generous grant from the Danish Social Science Research Council.

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From Blood to Public Office: Constituting Bureaucratic Rulers in Colonial Malaya

  • Peter Triantafillou (a1)

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