Singapore: The Politics of Inventing National Identity

  title={Singapore: The Politics of Inventing National Identity},
  author={Stephan Ortmann},
  journal={Journal of Current Southeast Asian Affairs},
  pages={23 - 46}
  • Stephan Ortmann
  • Published 1 December 2009
  • Sociology
  • Journal of Current Southeast Asian Affairs
This study wants to shed new light on the politics of Singapore's national identity invention. Since independence in 1965, the Singaporean government has tried to generate a sense of national identity in Singapore. While at first, the priority was on pragmatic values to promote the economic development, this changed in the late 1980s when the government became concerned with the widespread materialism within the society. As an alternative, so-called Asian values sought to provide an ideological… 
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