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Title: Embodying colonial discourses : vagrancy in interwar Singapore (1914-1941)
Authors: Lee, Linus Jian Wei
Keywords: DRNTU::Humanities
Issue Date: 2017
Abstract: The meaning of vagrancy has changed over time and space. By using the body as a method of analysis, this thesis looks into specific shift in colonial attitude towards vagrancy. This thesis argues that a shift occurred in the interwar period. From 1915 onwards, the management of vagrancy functioned as a form of biopolitics whereby the biological processes of vagrants determined colonial citizenry. Such a process was also discursive. Colonial authorities inscribed identities onto the bodies of vagrants in order to make these bodies amenable to colonial order and control. However, the embodied experiences of vagrants told a different stories. Vagrants were able to exercise their personal agency to render such colonial order and control tenuous.
Rights: Nanyang Technological University
Fulltext Permission: restricted
Fulltext Availability: With Fulltext
Appears in Collections:HSS Student Reports (FYP/IA/PA/PI)

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