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Title: Hawker food culture : producing a local cosmopolitan cultural identity in Singapore
Authors: Chan, Melanie Ai Ting
Keywords: DRNTU::Humanities::History::Asia::Singapore::Social aspects
Issue Date: 2015
Abstract: This thesis traces the historical and social evolution of hawker food culture in Singapore. Utilising concepts of cosmopolitanism from Appiah, which include values of cultural hybridisation, intercultural disposition, and a communal sense of social morality, this paper provides an in-depth study of the key socio-cultural facets of Singapore's hawker food landscape - its foods, hawker spaces, and the everyday interactions within these spaces - to reflect a evolving hawker food culture from the 1960s to 1980s. Instances of cross-cultural hybridisation within Singapore's hawker cuisine, the transformation of the hawker space into Bhabha's "third space", and a shared sense of social morality found in everyday transactional exchanges, reveal a budding cosmopolitan identity within the local hawker food landscape that stakeholders of the community - hawkers and patrons - identified with during the time period.
Rights: Nanyang Technological University
Fulltext Permission: restricted
Fulltext Availability: With Fulltext
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