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The Politics of Nation Building and Citizenship in Singapore : Politics in Asia - Michael Hill

The Politics of Nation Building and Citizenship in Singapore

Politics in Asia

Hardcover Published: 28th June 2005
ISBN: 9780415100526
Number Of Pages: 296

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Since independence in 1965 Singapore has strengthened its own national identity through a conscious process of nation-building and promoting the active role of the citizen within society. Singapore is a state that has firmly rejected welfarism but whose political leaders have maintained that collective values, instead of those of autonomous individuals, are essential to its very survival.
The book begins by examining basic concepts of citizenship, nationality and the state in the context of Singapore's arrival at independence. The theme of nation-building is explored and how the creation of a national identity, through building new institutions, has been a central feature of political and social life in Singapore. Of great importance has been education, and a system of multilingual education that is part of a broader government strategy of multiculturalism and multiracialism; both have served the purpose of building a new national identity. Other areas covered by the authors include family planning, housing policy, the creation of parapolitical structures and the importance of shared "Asian values" amongst Singapore's citizens. Finally, the most recent phase of nation-building which has involved a debate over the concept of civil society, is seen as offering a potentially more expansive definition of Singapore citizenship.

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"The book is certainly valuable for the comprehensive ground it covers across the literature on society and polity in Singapore and its integrated observations about state-society relations." -"Journal of Asian Studies

Prefacep. vii
Acknowledgementsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
The State, Citizenship and Nationality in Singaporep. 12
The Ethnic Origins of Singaporep. 39
Education and Bilingualismp. 67
Multiracialism and the Structuring of Ethnic Relationsp. 91
Housing Policy in the Nation Building Processp. 113
Between the Family and the Statep. 140
Parapolitical and Intermediary Structuresp. 159
From the Ideology of Pragmatism to Shared Valuesp. 188
Civil Society: the Current Projectp. 220
Conclusionp. 242
Bibliographyp. 251
Indexp. 272
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ISBN: 9780415100526
ISBN-10: 0415100526
Series: Politics in Asia
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 296
Published: 28th June 2005
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.23 x 14.61  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.48
Edition Number: 1

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