This book explores the unique Singapore experience: its internal landscape, how the landscape came about, was conceived of and conceptualized, and how the imagination played and continues to play an important role in such conceptions. The collected essays, written by a multidisciplinary group of writers including historians, economists, geographers, political scientists, psychologists, philosophers, and literary specialists, cover a wide range of topics relating to Singapore society, including historiography, resource and recreational planning, bilingualism and population management, religion and politics, and gender. A common thread tying together these essays is the mental construction of reality from which thinking proceeds. This second edition features two new essays - "Imagining Freedom" and "Imagining the Singapore Economy in the Next Lap" - and revisions and updates of the original essays and a new preface.
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Ban Kah Choon was Head of the Department of English Language and Literature at the National University of Singapore and is currently a Visiting Professor at Mahidol University, Thailand. His wide range of published works include Absent History and Rehearsal for War. Anne Pakir is Associate Professor at the Department of English Language and Literature, National University of Singapore and is currently the Deputy Director of the NUS International Relations Office. Her areas of expertise specialises in World Englishes, English in Southeast Asia, and Language Policy and Planning. She is the co-editor of Language, Society and Education in Singapore: Issues and Trends. Anne Pakir, Associate Professor of sociolinguistics and applied linguistics at the Department of English Language and Literature, National University of Singapore, is currently the Deputy Director of the NUS International Relations Office. Tong Chee Kiong is Associate Professor at the Department of Sociology, National University of Singapore. His research interests include the Chinese in Southeast Asia, Comparative Religious Systems, Civil Religion and Commercial Development, Institutional Foundations of Chinese Business Firms. He is the co-author of The Making of Singapore Sociology: Society and State (with Lian, K. F.) and Alternate Identities: The Chinese of Contemporary Thailand (with Chan, K. B.).
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Book Description Eastern Universities Press, Singapore, 2004. Soft cover. Book Condition: New. This selection of essays argues that Singapore has grown to be what it is because of the far seeing imagination of many. The contributors, historians, geographers, economists, psychologists and others demonstrate how bright ideas became a living reality. 378 pages including endnotes and references at the end of each chapter, a beautifully written poem concluding the book at the end and a list of other sociology reading materials. Weight 0.8 kg. Post free within Malaysia. Bookseller Inventory # SN244