Living with globalization tactically: The metapragmatics of globalization in Singapore

Aaron Soon Lee KOH

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Singaporeans need not be told what globalization means. The popular media, as weil as the political leaders of Singapore, have generated a "local-babble" of the derivative meanings of giobalization. That globalization means "competitiveness", "innovation", "oreativity", "entrepreneurship", and "foreign taient", has become deeply enculturated and embedded in the Singaporean consciousness. This paper will show that the "local-babble" on globalization in Singapore is ineluctably linked to state discourses and practices. I will argue in the paper that these state discourses are not free-floating, but produce teieologioai and ideologicai effects to regulate the Singaporean habitus, and create new subjectivities suitable for the new economy. Using Fouoault's (1979) notion of "governmentality" and its related concepts and vocabularies, this paper will illuminate Singapore's response to new geo-politicocultural- economic realities as it continues to live with globalization tactically. Copyright © 2007 Institute of Southeast Asian Studies.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)179-201
JournalSOJOURN: Journal of Social Issues in Southeast Asia
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2007



Koh, A. (2007). Living with globalization tactically: The metapragmatics of globalization in Singapore. SOJOURN: Journal of Social Issues in Southeast Asia, 22(2), 179-201.


  • State power
  • Singaporean habitus
  • Globalization
  • Metapragmatics
  • Singapore leaders
  • Faucauldian perspective
  • Public policies
  • Economic policies
  • Tactics
  • Campaigns
  • Generation
  • Discipline
  • Civic nationalism
  • Nation-state
  • Governmentality
  • Foreign talent