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Ethnic Diversity in Malaysia-Lessons Learned from Bio-Diversity Research

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  • Evers, Hans-Dieter
  • Anis, Yusuf
  • Shamsul, A.B.

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Biology and Anthropology/Sociology have dealt with issues of diversity for a long time,developing different concepts, theories and methods. In recent years there has been, if not a convergence, but at least a recognition that problems in nature and in society are interrelated. This paper attempts to use methods of biodiversity research and test their applicability for a study of ethnic relations. It is noted that the preservation of biodiversity ranks high on the agenda of researchers and politicians, whereas ethnic diversity is often associated with unrest, conflict and economic decline. We try to reverse this tendency by emphasizing social cohesion and the social and economic value of ethnic diversity. An “ethnic diversity index” is developed and proposed for further analysis of Malaysia’s plural society. This index is based on Simpson’s diversity index, commonly used in biodiversity research. Furthermore research on the interrelation of bio- and ethnic diversity is advocated.

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  • Evers, Hans-Dieter & Anis, Yusuf & Shamsul, A.B., 2010. "Ethnic Diversity in Malaysia-Lessons Learned from Bio-Diversity Research," MPRA Paper 30383, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  • Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:30383
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    Keywords

    Malaysia; ethnic diversity; bio-diversity; economic value of diversity; economic development;

    JEL classification:

    • O11 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Macroeconomic Analyses of Economic Development
    • Z1 - Other Special Topics - - Cultural Economics
    • O2 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Development Planning and Policy
    • O15 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Economic Development: Human Resources; Human Development; Income Distribution; Migration

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