"An empirically rich application of contemporary ideas in cultural and political geography, Kong and Yeoh's work is a very rewarding read."—Progress in Human Geography
"Kong and Yeoh delve into the building of a nation through the use of landscapes. . . . With its relatively new status of a nation, Singapore has struggled with the development of a nation as a means of giving people a sense of pride and belonging and a method to discourage emigration. Kong and Yeoh examine the development of this unique nation through 'death, ' religious, housing, heritage and art landscapes in addition to toponymic inscriptions of landscapes. . . . A fascinating book that brings together the nation as defined through landscapes in Singapore. The book is well researched and written in an easy-to-understand tone. Arguments are presented as much as possible from all sides to include both positive and negative impacts of the States' policies."—Journal of Cultural Geography
This thought-provoking book explores strategies employed by Singapore, a multiracial society, to create a Singapore “nation” with an emphasis on the role of landscape. As such, the authors cast keen eye on religious buildings, public housing, heritage landscapes, and street name changes as tangible methods of nation-building in a postcolonial society. The authors illustrate how “nation” and “national identity” are concepts that are negotiated and disputed by varied social, economic, and political groups—some of which may actively resist powerfuI state-centrist attitudes. Throughout this work, the role of the landscape prevails both as a way to naturalize state ideologies and as a means of providing possibilities for reinterpretation in everyday life.
Lily Kong is associate professor in the Department of Geography and dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the National University of Singapore. Among numerous publications, she coauthored Singapore: A Developmental City State and coedited Globalization and The Asia-Pacific: Contested Territories.
Brenda S. A. Yeoh is associate professor in the Department of Geography at the National University of Singapore. She is the coauthor of Singapore: A Developmental City-State, co-editor of Gender and Migration and author of Community and Change: The Tanjong Pagar Community Club Story.
Series: Space, Place and Society
6 x 9, 268 pages, 9 black and white illustrations