Singapore : the state and the culture of excess


    • Yao, Souchou


Singapore : the state and the culture of excess

by Souchou Yao

(Asia's transformations / edited by Mark Selden)

Routledge, 2007

  • : hbk
  • : pbk

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Includes bibliographical references (p.[201]-205) and index

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Taking ideas and frameworks from philosophy, psychology, political science, cultural studies and anthropology, this book tells the larger 'truth' about the Singapore state. This book argues that this strong hegemonic state achieves effective rule not just from repressive policies but also through a combination of efficient government, good standard of living, tough official measures and popular compliance. Souchou Yao looks at the reasons behind the hegemonic ruling, examining key events such as the caning of American teenager Michael Fay, the judicial ruling on fellatio and unnatural sex, and Singapore's 'war on terror' to show the ways in which the State manages these events to ensure the continuance of its power and ideological ethos. Lively, and well-written, this book discusses key subject areas such as: leftist radicalism and communist insurgency nation-building as trauma Western 'yellow culture' and Asian Values judicial caning and the meaning of pain the law and oral sex food and the art of lying cinema as catharsis Singapore after September 11.


Preface 1. The Magic of the Singapore State 2. Trauma and the 'Culture of Excess' 3. Yellow Culture, White Peril 4. Pain, Words, Violence: The Caning of Michael Fay 5. Oral Sex, Natural Sex and National Enjoyment 6. 'Talking Cock': Food and the Art of Lying 7. I Not Stupid: Localism, Bad Translation, Catharsis 8. The Nation after History 9. Epilogue: Useless Pragmatism

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