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Title: Bread and circuses : food meets politics in the Singapore media
Authors: Duffy, Andrew
Yang, Ashley Yuhong
Keywords: Food
DRNTU::Social sciences::Journalism
Issue Date: 2011
Source: Duffy, A., & Yang, A. Y. (2012). Bread and circuses : food meets politics in the Singapore media. Journalism Practice, 6(1), 59-74. doi:10.1080/17512786.2011.622892
Series/Report no.: Journalism Practice
Abstract: While there has been consistent academic interest in the link between the media and politics, this attention has mostly bypassed lifestyle journalism. Yet this can reflect the political and social realities of a country if less clearly than more overtly political coverage. This paper seeks to demonstrate how the Singapore government has used food to help construct a national identity and how the local print media have been a partner in this. It analyses how food has been represented in the Singapore press in relation to attitudes that contribute to nation-building. The findings suggest that the food-related articles studied usually reflected a culture of self-improvement, an ethnic-cultural element and cosmopolitan attitudes, all of which were identified as touchstones of Singapore's government-approved national identity. In addition, there is also marginally more press coverage of cosmopolitan and foreign food compared to local food, in concurrence with government initiatives to place the country as a globalised hub.
ISSN: 1751-2786
DOI: 10.1080/17512786.2011.622892
Rights: © 2012 Taylor & Francis. This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journalism Practice on 09 Nov 2011, available online:
Fulltext Permission: open
Fulltext Availability: With Fulltext
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