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Title: If Singapore is a garden city, who are its gardeners?
Authors: Zahirah Suhaimi
Keywords: DRNTU::Social sciences::Sociology::Culture
DRNTU::Humanities::Linguistics::Discourse analysis
DRNTU::Social sciences::Sociology::Social structure
DRNTU::Social sciences::Sociology::Social change
Issue Date: 2013
Abstract: This paper discusses the relations between state, society and environment by conceptualising the urban environment of Singapore, the Garden City, as a cultural domain (re)produced by interactive processes between these relations. I take a critical cultural approach in analyzing the dominant discourse surrounding the Garden City as represented by a sample of newspaper articles from Singapore’s dominant print media, The Straits Times. Through ethnographic content analysis (ECA), I track the metasemiotic discourse of environmentality and extract significant emergent themes and using critical discourse analysis (CDA) I examine the recontextualisations of environmentality within these themes. In my analysis, I have found that even within dominant discourse, metasemiotic discourses become recontextualised to convey nuanced, rather than ideologically distilled, messages. The documentation of textured interaction within a hegemonic discursive space, I argue, highlights the capacity for ideological resistance for negotiating the environmentality governing the nation.
Rights: Nanyang Technological University
Fulltext Permission: restricted
Fulltext Availability: With Fulltext
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