MALAYSIAN POP MUSIC IN THE MINORITY LANGUAGE: A TOOL FOR FORGING UNITY AND A COMMON IDENTITY?

Collin, Jerome and Esther, John Perry and Ting, Su Hie (2022) MALAYSIAN POP MUSIC IN THE MINORITY LANGUAGE: A TOOL FOR FORGING UNITY AND A COMMON IDENTITY? International Journal of Social Science Research (IJSSR), 4 (1). pp. 401-413. ISSN 2710-6276

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Abstract

Numerous studies have demonstrated thatmodern popular songs in the majority language can forgea sense of national identity, unity, and pride among the masses. However, popular songs written and sung in the minority language have the same ability and even more. The present study examined this disparityby gathering the views and opinions of the Malaysian masses through self-administered surveys regarding Lagu pop Iban (Iban pop song) and its connectionto identity and unity. The findings showedthat the respondents, most of whom originated fromthe Malaysian state of Sarawak, possesseda good knowledge of Iban pop songs, displayed positiveattitudes towards them and engaged with this music genre in variedways. The findings also showedthere was an agreementamong the respondents regarding Iban pop songs' ability to foster a commonsense of belonging and a shared identity over time, despite their differentviews on this matter. One of the implications of these findings is that the role of music in minority languages should be accepted and recognized as a tool for forging unity and a common identitywithin the context of multiracial, multilingual, and multicultural nation-states.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: popular music, minority language, identity, unity, Malaysia
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Divisions: Academic Faculties, Institutes and Centres > Faculty of Language & Communication
Depositing User: Jerome
Date Deposited: 08 Apr 2022 03:05
Last Modified: 08 Apr 2022 03:05
URI: http://ir.unimas.my/id/eprint/38267

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