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Title: Religious prefixes and imaginings in Singapore's foreign policy.
Authors: Ho, Benjamin Tze Ern.
Keywords: DRNTU::Humanities::Religions
Issue Date: 2010
Abstract: This paper focuses on how religious ideas are being understood, codified and expressed within the foreign policy tenets of Singapore, given the secular-realist framework in place. In order to uncover the religious nuances, a discourse analysis of the speeches and writings of three key foreign policy makers is done. The paper uncovered several basic themes in the construction of Singapore's foreign policy that are congruent with religious imaginings: the sense of transcendence, the impartation of moral attributes where normative standards held on to, and the importance of relating with the larger international community. These findings suggest the presence of quasi-religious ideas in place and demonstrates the ongoing saliency of religion -even in secular government.
Description: 44 p.
Rights: Nanyang Technological University
Fulltext Permission: restricted
Fulltext Availability: With Fulltext
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