Civil religion and the invention of traditions: Constructing 'the Singapore nation'
In this article, I adopt the concept of civil religion, and particularly those aspects that emphasize the importance of rituals and traditions in the construction of a ‘nation’, to examine the ways in which a particular nation—Singapore—is politically and socially constructed. Using two speciﬁc examples of invented rituals and traditions, I illustrate the ways in which the state attempts to build a sense of community and identity. The two examples I use are an annual choreography of spectacle and display to celebrate Singapore’s National Day, and the production of a tapestry currently on exhibition as a very public symbol of community and belonging.
Asian Studies | Religion | Sociology of Culture
Australian Religious Studies Review
KONG, Lily.(2007). Civil religion and the invention of traditions: Constructing 'the Singapore nation'. Australian Religious Studies Review, 20(1), 77-93.
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