Consumption, Cities and States: Comparing Singapore with by Ann Brooks

By Ann Brooks

‘Consumption, towns and States’ examines the interesting intersection of intake, citizenship and the country in a cross-section of world towns in Asia and the West. It makes a speciality of a couple of theoretical and empirical analyses: constructing and amplifying the intersection of intake, citizenship and the nation in past due modernity when it comes to more than a few towns; interpreting the idea that of the worldwide urban as an ‘aspirational’ class for towns in Asia and the West; and contemplating case stories which spotlight the intersection of intake and the country. As Ann Brooks and Lionel Wee display, the interface among citizen prestige and shopper task proves a very important aspect of study within the mild of the neoliberal statement that people and associations practice at their top inside of a loose industry economy.

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It’s up to you. What we can do is we’ll make it easier for families to marry and to have children. You make the decision. (PMO Singapore 2004) As a reflection of this new approach, the measures introduced in 2004 included longer maternity leave (up from the previous 8 weeks to 12 weeks), a five-day working week in the civil service, financial support to encourage companies to develop family-friendly work practices, and tax rebates for working mothers that dispensed with any reference to the mothers’ educational qualifications (Thang 2005, 91).

Questions of this sort point inevitably to the presence of a reflexive engagement with the review system. More importantly, such a scenario does not require that actors weaken or renounce their commitment to the process in order to begin being reflexive (as might be the case with McNay’s thesis of dissonance – see above). Moving from the narrow example of scientific review to broader societal phenomena, Bohman (1999, 147) goes on to suggest that: The more pluralistic a society is the less likely it is that its integration can be achieved pre-reflectively in common dispositions, even in sub-groups.

A useful way to approach this issue is to start with Ong (2006a), who provides highly valuable insights into the ways in which institutions – in this case, states – attempt to manage the behavior of their CONSUMPTION, REFLEXIVITY AND CITIZENSHIP 15 populations. Ong’s thesis of ‘neoliberalism as exception’ asserts that even in countries where neoliberalism ‘is not the general characteristic of technologies of governing’ (2006a, 3), there may nevertheless be ‘sites of transformation’ where ‘market-driven calculations are being introduced in the management of populations and the administration of special spaces’ (4).

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