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Wealth, Power and the Culture of Control, 1st Edition

By Carl A. Trocki


224 pages

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This volume examines Singapore’s culture of control, exploring the city-state’s colonial heritage as well as the forces that have helped to mould its current social landscape. Taking a comparative approach, Trocki demonstrates the links between Singapore’s colonial past and independent present, focusing on the development of indigenous social and political movements. In particular, the book examines the efforts of Lee Yew Kuan, leader of the People’s Action Party from 1959 until 1990, to produce major economic and social transformation. Trocki discusses how Singapore became a workers paradise, but what the city gained in material advancement it paid for in intellectual and cultural sterility.

Based on the latest research, Singapore addresses the question of control in one of the most prosperous and dynamic economies in the world, providing a compelling history of post-colonial Singapore.


'Carl Trocki offers a refreshingly different look at Singapore's colonial and postcolonial history.' - Far Eastern Economic Review

Table of Contents

Singapore: The History of a Global City-State 1. The Development of Singapore's Colonial Economy 2. Colonial Society 3. Singapore's Politics under Colonial Rule 4. The Politics of Independence 5. The Social and Cultural Development of Singapore 6. The Economy of Modern Singapore 7. Conclusion

About the Series

Asia's Transformations/Asia's Great Cities

Each volume aims to capture the heartbeat of the contemporary city from multiple perspectives emblematic of the authors own deep familiarity with the distinctive faces of the city, its history, society, culture, politics and economics, and its evolving position in national, regional and global frameworks. While most volumes emphasise urban developments since the Second World War, some pay close attention to the legacy of the longue durée in shaping the contemporary. Thematic and comparative volumes address such themes as urbanization, economic and financial linkages, architecture and space, wealth and power, gendered relationships, planning and anarchy, and ethnographics in national and regional perspective.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Civics & Citizenship
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Economic Conditions
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Government / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General