Cinema and Television in Singapore: Resistance in One Dimension

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Brill, 2008 - Performing Arts - 304 pages
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Through close readings of contemporary made-in-Singapore films (by Jack Neo, Eric Khoo, and Royston Tan) and television programs (Singapore Idol, sitcoms, and dramas), this book explores the possibilities and limitations of resistance within an advanced capitalist-industrial society whose authoritarian government skillfully negotiates the risks and opportunities of balancing its on-going nation-building project and its a oeglobal citya aspirations. This book adopts a framework inspired by Antonio Gramsci that identifies ideological struggles in art and popular culture, but maintains the importance of Herbert Marcusea (TM)s one-dimensional society analysis as theoretical limits to recognize the power of authoritarian capitalism to subsume works of art and popular culture even as they attempt consciouslya "even at times successfullya "to negate and oppose dominant hegemonic formations.

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Kenneth Paul Tan, Ph.D. (2000) in Social and Political Sciences, University of Cambridge, is Assistant Professor and Assistant Dean at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore. He is the editor of Renaissance Singapore? Economy, Culture, and Politics (NUS Press, 2007).

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