The State, Ethnic Identity and Capitalism

C. J. W.-L. Wee

in The Asian Modern

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print October 2007 | ISBN: 9789622098596
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882207509 | DOI:
The State, Ethnic Identity and Capitalism

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This chapter examines the modifications of Singaporean ethnicity during the 1980s. During this period, the deterritorializing movement of the city-state was replaced by the emergence of identity and reterritorialization of Asian values and modernity. This radical shift indicated that Singapore is capable of managing culture to make it an instrument for maintaining economic competitiveness.

Keywords: ethnicity; 1980s; identitarian; identity; reterritorialization; Asian values; modernity; culture; economic competitiveness

Chapter.  8136 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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