The Politics of Nation Building and Citizenship in Singapore

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Routledge, Jun 17, 2013 - Political Science - 296 pages
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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 imporatnce of shared `Asian values' amongst Singapore's citizens.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
1 The state citizenship and nationality in Singapore
12
2 The ethnic origins of Singapore
39
3 Education and bilingualism
67
4 Multiracialism and the structuring of ethnic relations
91
5 Housing policy in the nation building process
113
6 Between the family and the state
140
7 Parapolitical and intermediary structures
159
8 From the ideology of pragmatism to shared values
188
the current project
220
10 Conclusion
242
Bibliography
251
Index
272
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Michael Hill worked in politics and government before establishing himself as an independent historical researcher. He was a co-producer for Ken Burns s "The Civil War" series for PBS, a coordinating producer for the "Baseball "series, and served as a historical consultant for the HBO production of David McCullough s "John Adams". He lives in Fredericksburg, Virginia.

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