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Title: From citizen-duty to state-responsibility : globalization and nationhood in Singapore
Authors: Sun, Shirley Hsiao-Li.
Keywords: DRNTU::Social sciences::Sociology
DRNTU::Social sciences::Political science::Public administration::Asia::Singapore
Issue Date: 2011
Source: Sun, S. H. L. (2011). From Citizen-Duty to State-Responsibility: Globalization and Nationhood in Singapore. New Global Studies, 4(3).
Series/Report no.: New global studies
Abstract: This paper explores how nationhood is being affected by the contemporary processes of globalization. Through the lens of Robertson’s theory of the global field, I analyze documentary data and fieldwork data collected from 165 in-depth personal interviews and 39 focus-group discussions in the globalized city-state of Singapore. Data analysis shows that both government officials and Singaporean citizens hold a “relativized” view towards its key nation-building pronatalist policies. Moreover, individual citizens actively questioned the effectiveness of policies by comparing them with policies perceived to be in operation in other national contexts. Globalization thus enhances citizens’ capacity for imagining the nation. This study opens up the possibility that, under certain conditions, state authority may be weakened but, paradoxically, nationhood may be strengthened.
ISSN: 1940-0004
DOI: 10.2202/1940-0004.1112
Rights: © 2011 New Global Studies. This paper was published in New Global Studies and is made available as an electronic reprint (preprint) with permission of New Global Studies. The paper can be found at the following official DOI: []. One print or electronic copy may be made for personal use only. Systematic or multiple reproduction, distribution to multiple locations via electronic or other means, duplication of any material in this paper for a fee or for commercial purposes, or modification of the content of the paper is prohibited and is subject to penalties under law.
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