Race and State in Independent Singapore 1965–1990: The Cultural Politics of Pluralism in a Multiethnic Society

1st Edition

John Clammer

Routledge
Published May 23, 2019
Reference - 291 Pages
ISBN 9781138334779 - CAT# K393371
Series: Routledge Revivals

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First published in 1998, this volume explores Singapore as an ideal case study for the examination of the management of postcoloniality, social diversity and the pursuit of economic growth with ethnic harmony. Singapore has, since independence, evolved a unique mix of state directed capitalism, revamped Confucianism and a social order based on an ideology of multiracialism. The result has been a State with enormous sociological diversity held together by the need to create a unified political order out of a population of immigrants of very diverse origins. This has placed the management of multiethnicity at the heart of political discourse and social policy. This book examines critically the operation of ethnicity in post-independence Singapore, the social policies that have been evolved to manage it, and the implications of the Singapore experiment for other plural societies in Asia and elsewhere.

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