We, the Citizens of Singapore: Multi-Ethnicity, Its Evolution and Its Aberrations
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”.
Ethnicity, ethnic relations, cultural pluralism, Singapore
Asian Studies | Law and Race | Law and Society
Law, Society and Governance
Beyond rituals and riots: Ethnic pluralism and social cohesion in Singapore
Lai Ah Eng
Eastern Universities Press
City or Country
TAN, Eugene K. B..
We, the Citizens of Singapore: Multi-Ethnicity, Its Evolution and Its Aberrations. (2004). Beyond rituals and riots: Ethnic pluralism and social cohesion in Singapore. 65-97. Research Collection School Of Law.
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