This is a collection of essays by a group of Malaysia academics who are also social or cultural activists. Their premise is two-fold: first, lasting peace only comes with social justice and participatory democracy; and second, nations and communities are held together not only by the state and political elites but also by non-state non-elite actors. Part I of the book maps the landscape of political conflict and violence in modern Malaysia. Part II contains five essays that elaborate on the new types of conflict and bottom-up efforts in peace building that have arisen since the 1970s. Part III contains four chapters focusing on the role of the arts and new media in fostering peace building.
Building Bridges, Crossing Boundaries