Title

We, the Citizens of Singapore: Multi-Ethnicity, Its Evolution and Its Aberrations

Publication Type

Book Chapter

Publication Date

1-2004

Abstract

The paper examines the conception and evolution of multi-ethnicity in Singapore and attempts to distill the thematic essence of state policy towards multi-ethnicity in the light of the imperatives of a sophisticated, authoritarian developmental state. It evaluates the aberrations of the multi-ethnic policy, which contributes towards heightened ethnic consciousness and generates competing concerns of cultural and ethnic security, especially among the Malay/Muslim indigenous minority who have also manifested increased religiosity. The international politico-economic dynamics arising from the rise of China and the regional geopolitical sensitivities of being at the heart of the Malay-Muslim world is examined for its impact on the ethnic relations. The challenge is to engender political unity while preserving cultural diversity within the framework of hegemonic state-led discourse of “controlled ethnicity”.

Keywords

Ethnicity, ethnic relations, cultural pluralism, Singapore

Discipline

Asian Studies | Law and Race | Law and Society

Research Areas

Law, Society and Governance

Publication

Beyond rituals and riots: Ethnic pluralism and social cohesion in Singapore

Editor

Lai Ah Eng

First Page

65

Last Page

97

ISBN

9789812102720

Publisher

Eastern Universities Press

City or Country

Singapore

Additional URL

https://worldcat.org/isbn/9789812102720

Comments

Based on paper presented at Institute of Policy Studies Conference, Singapore, 2002