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36 N.C.J. Int'l L. & Com. Reg. 625 (2010-2011)
Diversity, Rights, and Rigidity in Singapore

handle is hein.journals/ncjint36 and id is 631 raw text is: Diversity, Rights, and Rigidity in Singapore
Meredith L. Weiss t
I.     The Pressures of Prosperity      ................        ..... 626
II.    Gender & Sexuality ..................                  ........ 630
A. Of Production and Reproduction            ..............630
B. The Cost of Creativity ...............          .........635
III.   Foreign Talent and Foreign Labor ........         .........639
IV.    An Uneasy Balance         ....................        ......644
Singapore is caught in a bind. The tiny city-state has ambition
and resources to spare, but not enough Singaporeans. The state's
efforts to boost its stock of human capital, whether through
domestic reproduction or foreign imports, has aggravated fault
lines-divisions of gender and sexuality, religion, class, and
nation of origin-revealing tensions between the priorities of
aggressive development and social cohesion. Nevertheless, the
state still pursues both doggedly. We consider here the progress
and prospects of that undertaking: how the Singapore state
balances its own yen for control with the never-ending pressure to
evolve to meet changing global economic realities, an increasingly
diverse labor force and population, and rights claims spurred by
new    economic    agendas.     We    begin   with  an   overview    of
Singapore's dilemma, consider in turn the nexus of gender and
class in the state's plans (and in resistance to these plans), the
quest for the creative class and the adaptation thus required, and
t Meredith L. Weiss is in the department of Political Science at the University at Albany,
State University of New York. She is the author of Universities and Students in
Malaysia: Crucible, Mirror, Sideshow (Cornell SEAP/Singapore, in press) and Protest
and Possibilities: Civil Society and Coalitions for Political Change in Malaysia
(Stanford, 2006), as well as numerous articles and book chapters; and coeditor of
Political Violence in South and Southeast Asia: Critical Perspectives (United Nations
University, 2010) and Social Movements in Malaysia: From Moral Communities to
NGOs (Routledge Curzon, 2003, 2004). Her research addresses political mobilization
and contention, the politics of development, civil society, nationalism and ethnicity, and
electoral change in maritime Southeast Asia. Weiss currently serves on the Southeast
Asia Council of the Association of Asian Studies and holds office in the New Political
Science and Sexuality & Politics sections of the American Political Science Association.

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