Local Encounters in a Global City. Singapore Stories.

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edited by Anju Mary Paul


What is the impact of a constant flow of people and capital in one of the most globalised cities in the world? In this collection of essays, the authors pursue an ethnographic approach to globalization, and while they were informed by official statistics and social theory, they relied mostly on first-hand observations of life and experiences in Singapore.

From iconic Singapore locations like the Botanic Gardens, Raffles Place and ION Orchard Shopping Mall to the seamier side of globalisation in the red-light district of Geylang and disused factories housing migrant workers, the authors relate their narratives in telling details and street insights.

There is no single position for or against globalisation in this collection. The diverse views show the complex effects of global capital and labour flows on the culture and cityscape of Singapore at a time when sustained challenges are emerging to the global economic and political order of a past generation.

About the Editor

Anju Mary Paul is an associate professor of sociology at Yale-NUS College in Singapore. She researches emergent international migration patterns to, from, and within Asia, and teaches classes on migration, globalisation, race, and research methods. She loves to take her students out of the classroom and into the field so they can experience firsthand the joys and struggles of field research. She is the author of Multinational Needs: Stepwise Migration in a Global Labour Market (Cambridge University Press 2017). She was born in India and lived for several years at a time in Scotland, the United States, and Saudi Arabia, but she feels most at home in Singapore. Where she has lived off-and-on for more than 15 years. 

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ISBN: 978-981-11-3284-1
Published: 2017
Dimension: 153 x 229 mm
Extent: 224
Finish: Paperback

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