Malaysian Cerita Hantu: Intersections of Race, Religiosity, Class, Gender, and Sexuality

Cheryl L. Nicholas, Radhica Ganapathy, Heidi Mau

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Abstract

Malay(sian) cerita hantu (ghost stories) are not merely innocuous renderings meant to entertain or instill fear-they are places where socio-cultural worldviews are constituted. We use ethnographic observations to explore how cerita hantu are also reflections of interconnected cultural perspectives around race, class, religiosity, sexuality, and gender. Such intercultural workings are maintained and perpetuated in complex cultural processes, which we call "hauntings," that negotiate group identification, solidarity and separation, social hierarchies, and that situate normative order.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)163-182
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of International and Intercultural Communication
Volume6
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1 2013

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Cultural Studies
  • Communication

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