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Managing Chineseness

Identity and Ethnic Management in Singapore


  • Includes original interviews with business managers at multinational corporations

  • Provides practical implications for the future of education and business development and integration

  • Offers a contextualized theoretical extension of the capitalist system from the view of regional political economies


Part of the Frontiers of Globalization book series (FOG)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Daphnee Lee
    Pages 85-111
  3. Daphnee Lee
    Pages 113-137
  4. Daphnee Lee
    Pages 139-162
  5. Daphnee Lee
    Pages 163-187
  6. Daphnee Lee
    Pages 189-232
  7. Daphnee Lee
    Pages 233-250
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 251-262

About this book


This book explores the personal experiences of professionals who are a part of the post-colonial and late-industrializing reality in the global value chain in Singapore. Looking at Chinese Singaporean employees at a French multi-national firm, the author explores the evolving social constructions of ‘Chineseness’. Sociologist Manuel Castells once hailed Singapore as ‘the only true Leninist project that has survived’, and Lee revisits the Singapore ‘social laboratory’, addressing recent dialectics that transpire within the global political economy. Currently, professional actors need to address the demands of dual hegemony in response to China’s rise in the Western-dominated capitalist political economy. Underlying these constructions are enduring dispositions that mediate interpretations of professionalism. The author puts to test the potential for change, surveying a large cohort of teachers as makers of future professionals. The question is, does change occur in the domain of practice or the habitus, if it is possible in the first place?

The book will be of interest to scholars and students with an interest in Sociology, Identity and Ethnicity, Business Management, Globalisation, Organizational Sociology and Sociology of Education.




Globalisation business management Organizational Sociology Sociology of Education employees Childhood socioeconomic status pre-Independence Singapore global economy Transnational Professionalism globalization identity international relations politics

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.The Education University of Hong KongHong KongHong Kong

About the authors

Daphnee Lee is Assistant Professor of Education Policy and Leadership, The Education University of Hong Kong.

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