Going global and staying local: Nation-building discourses in Singapore's cultural policies

Pi Chun Chang*

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Utilizing the 'Singapore Story', this study will explore cultural policies implemented and aimed towards cosmopolitanism, and how these policies have affected the international arts scene, which has led to a polarization within the community by excluding the elderly and disadvantaged members of the population from participating. Singapore's cultural policy has served the function of nation-building and at the same time goes with globalisation and thus calls for constructing a cosmopolitan yet patriotic citizen in terms of identity. This article considers the role of nationalism as a guide to the understanding of cultural policy discourses and argues that a top-down cosmopolitan construction of national identity in cultural policy discourses lacks representation of people's daily life.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)691-707
Number of pages17
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Nov


  • cosmopolitanism
  • cultural policy
  • nation-building
  • nationalism
  • Singapore Story
  • Singaporean identity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)


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