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Title: Navigating Transnationalism: Immigration and Reconfigured Ethnicity
Contributor(s): Thompson, Eric C (author); Zhang, Juan  (author)
Publication Date: 2009
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Abstract: Tonkichi restaurant and the 'Gulong-Gulong' are located opposite each other across the intersection of Scotts Road and Orchard Road, at the heart of Singapore's internationally renowned shopping district. They exemplify the spatiality and contours of Singapore's evolving transnational ethnic landscape. The emergence of this new social landscape illustrates the interactions between the state's governance guided by a neoliberal logic and migrant desires and practices in search of livelihoods. Neoliberal governance, as a form of state management, emphasises optimisation and flexibility; it is a way in which a state adjusts political and social spaces in response to the order of global capital. The Singaporean state has exemplified this kind of neoliberal governance since the 1990s, when the "survival" of the nation subtly shifted focus from ethnic harmony to economic excellence as the future of the nation became deeply intertwined with the processes of globalization, and the competitiveness of the nation came to rely on the marketability of its inhabitants. In this essay, we consider two distinct but closely related features of Singapore in the last decade of the 20th century and early years of the 21st century. Both are related to the flow of migrants into and through the national territory and port-city of Singapore.
Publication Type: Book Chapter
Source of Publication: Impressions of the Goh Chok Tong Years in Singapore, p. 301-312
Publisher: NUS Press
Place of Publication: Singapore
ISBN: 9789971694098
Field of Research (FOR): 200209 Multicultural, Intercultural and Cross-cultural Studies
160810 Urban Sociology and Community Studies
200208 Migrant Cultural Studies
Socio-Economic Outcome Codes: 940111 Ethnicity, Multiculturalism and Migrant Development and Welfare
940106 Citizenship and National Identity
970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society
HERDC Category Description: B1 Chapter in a Scholarly Book
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