Social Cultural Engineering and the Singaporean State

  • Khun Eng┬áKuah

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Khun Eng Kuah
    Pages 1-12
  3. Khun Eng Kuah
    Pages 13-25
  4. Khun Eng Kuah
    Pages 43-62
  5. Khun Eng Kuah
    Pages 63-86
  6. Khun Eng Kuah
    Pages 153-156
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 157-160

About this book


This book, a collection of previously published articles, focuses on the role of the Singaporean State in social cultural engineering. It deals with the relationship between the Singaporean state and local agencies and how the latter negotiated with the state to establish an acceptable framework for social cultural engineering to proceed. The book also highlights the tensions and conflicts that occurred during this process. The various chapters examine how the Singaporean state used polices and regulatory control to conserve and maintain ethno-cultural and ethno-religious landscapes, develop a moral education system and how the treatment of women and its morality came into alignment with the values that the state espoused upon from the 1980s through the 1990s.


Ethnicisation of culture in Singapore Social engineering in Singapore Cultural policy in Singapore Ethno-religious harmony Nation building Socio-cultural anthropology Cultural engineering Singaporean state Moral crisis of Singapore Conservation of culture in Singapore Political anthropology

Authors and affiliations

  • Khun Eng┬áKuah
    • 1
  1. 1.Visiting Academic, School of Social Sciences (Sociology)Nanyang Technological UniversitySingaporeSingapore

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-981-10-6970-3
  • Online ISBN 978-981-10-6971-0
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