Ethnicity and Ethnic Identity in Sarawak. Welyne
Jeffrey Jehom. Akademika
Ethnicity and ethnic identity are difficult subjects and highly
problematic. This paper is a modest attempt to discuss the problem of ethnicity
and ethnic identity of the diverse ethnic group, ethnicity and identity,
followed by a detailed discussion of the problematic of ethnic classification
and ethnic identities of Sarawakians. It suggests that authority-defined
identiy, i.e., ethnic identity imposed by those in authority (such as through
population census) upon a particular group need not necessarily correspond
with the everyday-defined identity members of the group have of themselves.
It argues among ethnic groups since it is through their interactions identities
are constructed, reconstructed and reinforced.