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Researching social welfare history in Malaysia using archival materials

Shaffie, Fuziah (2014) Researching social welfare history in Malaysia using archival materials. In: 23rd International Conference of Historians of Asia 2014 (IAHA2014), 23 - 27 August 2014, Alor Setar, Kedah, Malaysia.

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Scholars intent on learning about history and the development of social welfare in Malaysia would be confronting challenging difficulties to locate and obtain appropriate documented sources, since reference are not readily available.The social welfare history has not received attention from scholars it deserves, as compared to economic and political aspects.Though there are contributions to the literature that suggest social welfare in Malaysia was originally moulded by the British, to date not many research has been undertaken to explain or ascertain this proposition especially from the Malaysian perspectives.The use of archival materials in studies would be considered ‘unusual’ because during the British administration period, most references are located elsewhere in many archives in the world.To contribute to the knowledge base of social welfare, the first aspect to be learned is its history.Thus, it is the researcher’s intention to explore the archival materials in Malaysia as well as overseas to provide, in essence, an understanding of welfare provision in Malaysia. This paper discusses the use of both the archival materials and other sources to project a more vivid documentation on the history and development of social welfare in Malaysia during the era of the British colonialisation.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: ISBN 978-967-0474-76-2 Organized by: Universiti Utara Malaysia and Malaysian Historical Society (Persatuan Sejarah Malaysia)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Social welfare;Historical method; Archival materials; British colonialisation
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DS Asia
Divisions: School of Applied Psychology, Social Work & Policy
Depositing User: Prof. Madya Dr. Fuziah Shaffie
Date Deposited: 11 Jun 2015 07:30
Last Modified: 25 May 2016 07:52

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