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Book Review: The Return of Depression Economics and the Crisis of 2008 by Paul Krugman, New York: Norton, 2009, 191 pp.

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International Journal of Institutions and Economies 387International Journal of Institutions and Economies Vol. 3, No. 2, July 2011, pp. 387-395 Book Reviews Representation, Identity and Multiculturalism in Sarawak, by Zawawi Ibrahim (ed.), Kuching, Sarawak and Kajang, Selangor: Dayak Cultural Foundation and Malaysian Social Science Association, 2008, 311 pp. The heterogeneity of people and cultures held by a single geo-political boundary is common around the world. Such a geo-political setting presents a rich and dynamic mix of cultural practices, religious beliefs and political interests, which shapes the representation and identity of ethnic societies. In the same vein, one cannot rule out the effects of external influence, which seemingly distorts and largely reconfigures ethnic representation and identity of multicultural societies. While all these factors could not go unnoticed, the editor of the book, Zawawi Ibrahim, rather sets in motion a critical discourse on Malaysian multiculturalism based on a multiplicity of legitimate cultural cores and centres of Sarawak. The book literally sets out to advance a series of discourses on Sarawak society and culture in the context of a broader Malaysian governance landscape, with its attendant cultural contestations of alternative representations and reconstructions of identities from the margins of society and the nation-state. The book is organized in three parts, comprising fifteen chapters structured under three main themes. In his introduction, Zawawi Ibrahim highlights the book’s main objective – to problematize multiculturalism in the context of Sarawak’s experience – and provides a detailed summary of the book in the context of representation, identity and multiculturalism in Sarawak. Part 1 is themed “anthropological representations”. It begins with Robert Winzeler’s critical review of Tom Harrisson’s archeological and ethnological efforts in light of a whole mass of controversies, debates, discrepanci

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