Title

Cultural Policy in Singapore: Negotiating Economic and Socio-Cultural Agendas

Publication Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

11-2000

Abstract

In this paper, I examine the role of cultural policy in a newly industrialised economy, which is at the same time a state with a short history and only nascent beginnings in nation-building and efforts to construct a distinctive cultural identity. Using Singapore as the site of analyses, develop an understanding of the intersection between the economic and socio-cultural agendas behind cultural development policies. I illustrate the hegemony of the economic, supported by the ideology and language of pragmatism and globalisation. At the same time, I explore the reception of and attempts to negotiate (and at times, contest) state policies by "cultural practitioners" - artists, dancers, playwrights, actors, directors and so forth, illustrating the disjuncture between state policies and practitioners' ideals. This may be cast as a conflict between social and cultural development priorities as envisaged by the practitioners as opposed to economic development priorities as embodied in the state's cultural economic policies. (C) 2000 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved.

Keywords

cultural policy, cultural economy, Singapore

Discipline

Asian Studies | Human Geography | Sociology of Culture

Research Areas

Humanities

Publication

Geoforum

Volume

31

Issue

4

First Page

409

Last Page

424

ISSN

0016-7185

Identifier

10.1016/S0016-7185(00)00006-3

Publisher

Elsevier

Additional URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0016-7185(00)00006-3