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Cultural Studies and Transdisciplinarity in Education

Digital Carnivalesque

Power Discourse and Counter Narratives in Singapore Social Media

Authors: Kan, Hoi-Yi Katy

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  • Proposes new scholarly lenses for readers to examine the aestheticisation of hegemonic ideologies in the domain of critical digital literacy
  • Contributes to cultural studies scholarship by summarising the key differences between banal and critical humour in social media
  • Offers a new semiotic discourse analysis framework to examine power performances in comedic vernacular discourse
  • Equips readers to reframe power in digital vernacular discourse in an interdisciplinary manner
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About this book

This book challenges the framing of comedic acts as apolitical and it adopts a multimodal critical discourse approach to interrogate the performance of comedy as a form of power. It proposes using Bakhtin’s carnivalesque as the analytic tool to distil for readers key differences between humour as banal and humour as critical (and political) in today’s social media.

Drawing from critical theory and cultural studies, this book takes an interdisciplinary approach in formulating a contemporary view of power that reflects social realities not only in the digital economy but also in a world that is increasingly authoritarian. With the proposition of newer theoretical lenses in this book, scholars and social scientists can then find a way to shift the conversation to uncover the evolving voices of (existing and newer) power holders in the shared digital space; and to view current social realities as a continual project in unpacking and understanding the adaptive ways of the human spirit.

About the authors

Katy Kan holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and a Master of Arts in Applied Linguistics. Her PhD examined the carnivalisation of social relations as a form of power in the digital vernacular discourse. The diverse educational pathways that she has taken over the last 30 years speak for her curiosity to explore the social world in a multi-faceted manner.

In this regard, the career choices that she has pursued demonstrate her deep interest in problematising complexities in social relations in various domains: teaching, research and the corporate world. She has 15 years of experience teaching communication at various institutes of higher learning in Singapore. In the area of educational research, she has worked on four projects commissioned by the National Institute of Education. Lastly, she has eight years of corporate experience with various MNCs.

Reviews

“This is an important study of the conduct of power relations in Singapore’s social media discourse. Katy Kan weaves together major works by socio-political thinkers to make sense of the way digital discourses in Singapore both enable and challenge social, cultural and political narratives – and considers how this is sagaciously managed by the government.” (Terence Lee, Associate Professor in Communication, Murdoch University)

“Theorizing the notion of power in the ever changing and shifting dynamics of the digital realm is always challenging. Katy Kan’s processing of critical theory however presents a powerful lens to unpack power relations in one of the most digitally connected countries in the world – Singapore.” (Catherine Gomes, Associate Professor, School of Media and Communication, RMIT University)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Buy this book

eBook $69.99
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  • ISBN 978-981-15-2051-8
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $89.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-981-15-2050-1
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Digital Carnivalesque
Book Subtitle
Power Discourse and Counter Narratives in Singapore Social Media
Authors
Series Title
Cultural Studies and Transdisciplinarity in Education
Series Volume
10
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Springer Singapore
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd.
eBook ISBN
978-981-15-2051-8
DOI
10.1007/978-981-15-2051-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-981-15-2050-1
Series ISSN
2345-7708
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 167
Number of Illustrations
4 b/w illustrations
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