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SEMINAR: Asian Studies Seminar Series

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Today's date is Friday, August 07, 2020
Asian Studies Seminar Series : Singapore’s Early Industrialisation and myths of openness (and borderedness) Other events...
This paper discusses aspects of Singapore’s early industrialisation (1970s and 80s) and myths around notions of openness (and borderedness) with respects to migrant labour. The paper examines the often contradictory policies the Singapore state pursued in its efforts to rapidly industrialise its economy which required far greater numbers of people than Singapore could supply. Thus, the state found itself heavily reliant on a flow of both skilled and unskilled labour to meet the demands of it industrialisation policies whilst publically advocating for fewer foreign workers – even as the numbers continued to increase. As a result the 1970s and 80s were decades in which the contradictions of its industrialisation agenda intersected with all manner of state border controls and immigration policies (work permits, levies and so on) aimed at regulating and controlling flows of people into the city state.
Speaker(s) Dr Stephen Dobbs
Location Seminar room G.25, Social Sciences North.
Contact Nicola Fraschini <[email protected]>
Start Fri, 15 Mar 2019 11:00
End Fri, 15 Mar 2019 12:00
Submitted by Karen Eichorn <[email protected]>
Last Updated Tue, 12 Mar 2019 11:59
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