Both contagion and cure: queer politics in the global city-state

Obendorf, Simon (2012) Both contagion and cure: queer politics in the global city-state. In: Queer Singapore: illiberal citizenship and mediated cultures. Hong Kong University Press, Hong Kong, pp. 97-114. ISBN 9888139339

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This chapter argues that the Singapore government's current ambiguous, and often contradictory, approach to regulating to queer politics, cultural expression and civic participation cannot be adequately evaluated unless it is understood as being shaped by Singapore’s unique position within the realms of international affairs. Singapore is a sovereign state entity whose compact territory is occupied by a singular urban environment designed to function and be consumed (by both citizen and foreigner) as a global city. To analyse the nature and future possibilities of queer politics in contemporary Singapore, we must remain critically aware that in today’s world order, Singapore stands alone in its status as a “global city-state".

Keywords:Singapore, global city, homosexuality, queer, politics, human rights, globalization, Digitised
Subjects:L Social studies > L200 Politics
L Social studies > L712 Human and Social Geography of Asia
L Social studies > L320 Gender studies
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Social & Political Sciences
ID Code:5948
Deposited On:13 Jul 2012 13:05

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