Interethnic relations in Malaysia: Group identifications, indispensability and inclusive nationhood
Article first published online: 4 APR 2012
© 2012 The Authors. Asian Journal of Social Psychology © 2012 Blackwell Publishing Asia Pty Ltd with the Asian Association of Social Psychology and the Japanese Group Dynamics Association
Asian Journal of Social Psychology
Volume 15, Issue 2, pages 132–139, June 2012
How to Cite
Verkuyten, M. and Khan, A. (2012), Interethnic relations in Malaysia: Group identifications, indispensability and inclusive nationhood. Asian Journal of Social Psychology, 15: 132–139. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-839X.2012.01374.x
- Issue published online: 14 MAY 2012
- Article first published online: 4 APR 2012
- Received 14 April 2011; accepted 7 October 2011.
- in-group projection;
- interethnic relations;
This paper focuses on interethnic relations in Malaysia and examines survey data collected among Malay (n = 405), Chinese (n = 90), and Indian (n = 53) participants. In agreement with the Common In-group Identity Model, inclusive nationhood was related to more positive out-group attitudes. Relative in-group indispensability was related to higher bias as predicted by the In-group Projection Model. Furthermore, the dominant group of Malay had higher in-group indispensability, more strongly endorsed an inclusive national representation, had stronger ethnic and national identification, and a stronger association between both identifications.