Asia in Transition

Multiculturalism, Migration, and the Politics of Identity in Singapore

Editors: Lian, Kwen Fee (Ed.)

  • Emphasizes the concept of Multiculturalism in the fields of Asian Sociology and Southeast Asian Studies
  • Provides an Asian perspective on Multiculturalism in Singapore
  • Elaborates on how the concept of Multiculturalism has been reworked historically though state policies and in practice in Singapore
  • Offers new and interesting insights into how people negotiate living with cultural difference and diversity in an Asian context
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This edited volume focuses on how multiculturalism, as statecraft, has had both intended and unintended consequences on Singapore’s various ethnic communities. The contributing authors address and update contemporary issues and developments in the practice of multiculturalism in Singapore by interfacing the practice of multiculturalism over two critical periods, the colonial and the global. The coverage of the first period examines the colonial origins and conception of multiculturalism and the post-colonial application of multiculturalism as a project of the nation and its consequences for the Tamil Muslim, Ceylon-Tamil, and Malay communities. The content on the second period addresses immigration in the context of globalization with the arrival of new immigrants from South and East Asia, who pose a challenge to the concept and practice of multiculturalism in Singapore. For both periods, the contributors examine how the old migrants have attempted to come to terms with living in a multicultural society that has been constructed in the image of the state, and how the new migrants will reshape that society in the course of their ongoing politics of identity.

About the authors

Prof Lian Kwen Fee was formerly Head of the Department of Sociology in the National University of Singapore before taking up an appointment in the Institute of Asian Studies as Professor of Sociology. His academic background is in political and historical sociology. His research interests are in race, migration, and the nation-state focusing on New Zealand, Malaysia and Singapore. He is co-author of the highly cited ‘The Politics of Nation Building and Citizenship in Singapore’ (1995, Routledge). He was also contributor editor to ‘Race, Ethnicity, and the State in Malaysia and Singapore' (2006) and to ‘Social Policy in Post-Industrial Singapore' (2008), both published by Brill. His recent publications are on migrant entrepreneurship in colonial Malaysia, migrant remittances in Asia, migration entrepreneurship in Korea and Japan, and race and politics in Peninsular Malaysia.

Table of contents (8 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Lian, Kwen Fee

    Pages 1-10

  • Multiculturalism in Singapore: Concept and Practice

    Lian, Kwen Fee

    Pages 11-29

  • Decolonization and the Politics of Multiculturalism

    Tham, Daniel

    Pages 31-53

  • The Postcolonial Predicament of the Ceylon-Tamils

    SelvaRaj, Christopher N.

    Pages 55-73

  • The Tamil Muslim Dilemma

    Singh, Anil Sona

    Pages 75-98

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eBook $99.00
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $129.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-981-287-675-1
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Multiculturalism, Migration, and the Politics of Identity in Singapore
Editors
  • Kwen Fee Lian
Series Title
Asia in Transition
Series Volume
1
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Springer Singapore
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Singapore
eBook ISBN
978-981-287-676-8
DOI
10.1007/978-981-287-676-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-981-287-675-1
Series ISSN
2364-8252
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
V, 158
Number of Illustrations and Tables
2 b/w illustrations
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