By Junjia Ye (auth.)
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Extra info for Class Inequality in the Global City: Migrants, Workers and Cosmopolitanism in Singapore
The exact conﬁguration of social power, ideological predisposition in capitalist societies and the nature of political and economic regimes depends a lot on their speciﬁc historical circumstances – this is what largely gives rise to differences among these states. It is not my aim here to provide a comprehensive reading of the uniqueness of Asian states nor their similarities and differences within. I would argue that Singapore’s model of development corresponds with that of the developmental state in many ways.
During the colonial period, it was this combination of immigration and geographical advantage that shaped the economic development of Singapore and this remains one of the features of Singapore’s economic development today. As entrepôt trade, which had been relied on heavily by Singapore and the British, began to lose steam in the 1950s, it was no longer seen as reliable for providing employment to a growing young population and for generating economic growth (Chew and Lee, 1991; Huff, 1994). Industrialization was rationalized as the next logical phase for the development of Singapore.
This has led to the genesis of a particular type of institutionalized social contract between capital and labour collectives – one that aligns the latter with the purposes of the former. On a smaller, more intensive scale, these measures produce the competitive, enterprising working self in Singapore that is acquiescent to the capital demands of the developmental state. As with all developmental policies, the ways in which they are meant to be put into effect – that is, how they are governed – is different from the idealized representation, and the ways they affect individual lived experiences are always graduated (Ong, 2000).
Class Inequality in the Global City: Migrants, Workers and Cosmopolitanism in Singapore by Junjia Ye (auth.)