Elitism, Ethnicity and the Nation-building ProjecteBook - 2008
"Singapore has few natural resources but, in a relatively short history, its economic and social development and transformation are nothing short of remarkable. Today, Singapore is by far the most successful example of material development in Southeast Asia and it often finds itself the envy of developed countries. Furthermore over the last three and a half decades the ruling party has presided over the formation of a thriving community of Singaporeans who love and are proud of their country." "Nothing about these processes have been 'natural' in any sense of the word. Much of the country's investment in nation building has in fact gone into the selection, training and formation of a ruling and administrative elite that reflects and will perpetuate its vision of the nation." "In a critical study of the politics of ethnicity and elitism in Singapore, Constructing Singapore looks inside the supposedly 'meritocratic' system from nursery school to university and beyond, that produces Singapore's political and administrative elite. Focusing on two processes - elite formation and elite selection - it gives primary attention to the role that ethnoracial ascription plays in these processes, but also considers the input of personal connections, personal power, class and gender."--Jacket.
Publisher: Copenhagen : NIAS, 2008
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xiii, 304 pages) : illustrations