SEMINAR: ANTHROPOLOGY / SOCIOLOGY SEMINAR SERIES
|ANTHROPOLOGY / SOCIOLOGY SEMINAR SERIES : Governmental Discipline and the Limits of Agency: Singapore’s Developing National Identity, New Media, and its Generation Y
The People’s Action Party, Singapore’s governing political party, has since independence in 1965,imposed strict restrictions on the Singaporean populace. Using direct and indirect measures to manage the city-state, the resultant climate of fear has developed widespread use of out-of-bound markers amongst the Singaporean populace.
Still, the light touch approach the PAP asserted it would adopt with regard to dealings with websites and the internet, has encouraged increased autonomy in Singapore’s online sphere. Survey and interview results suggest young adult Singaporeans view Facebook as a convenient and viable channel for the expression of views. Contributing to the opening up of Singapore’s tightly controlled social sphere, Facebook has increased information access, the proliferation of citizen journalism and interest in social issues.
Yet, restrictions still limit the extent of openness allowed in Singapore’s online sphere. Netizens are now highlighting undesirable issues found on Facebook and are calling upon the relevant authorities to take action. The bottom-up surveillance occuring particularly on Singapore’s Facebook platform suggests a change in the norms and practices prevalent amongst the Singaporean populace.
In differentiating structural constraint from the limits of agency, this thesis is aimed at identifying the impact new media has had on social structures, Gen Y’s construction of social identities, and their connections to Singapore. The implications such changes have had on the understanding of social processes, Singapore’s Gen Y’s participation in civil society and Singapore’s nation building exercise, are also examined.
Stephanie Neubronner, PhD Candidate
Social Sciences Building, Rm 2204
Fri, 18 Mar 2016 02:30
Fri, 18 Mar 2016 03:30
Hayley Musson <[email protected]>
Wed, 16 Mar 2016 11:32
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