Identity, Brand, Power
- Author: Kenneth Paul Tan, National University of Singapore
Contemporary Singapore is simultaneously a small postcolonial multicultural nation state and a cosmopolitan global city. To manage fundamental contradictions, the state takes the lead in authoring the national narrative. This is partly an internal process of nation building, but it is also achieved through more commercially motivated and outward facing efforts at nation and city branding. Both sets of processes contribute to Singapore's capacity to influence foreign affairs, if only for national self-preservation. For a small state with resource limitations, this is mainly through the exercise of smart power, or the ability to strategically combine soft and hard power resources.
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- Date Published: August 2018
- format: Adobe eBook Reader
- isbn: 9781108623421
- availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
Table of Contents
1. Singapore's political development through cultural and ideological lenses
2. Ideological sources of Singapore's hegemonic state
3. A multiracial, multi-lingual, and multi-religious nation-state
4. A cosmopolitan global city
5. Civil society and public engagement
6. Nation and city branding
7. The soft power of a small state
8. The future of the hegemonic state.
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