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|Title:||Asian values: Restraining the logic of capitalism?|
|Citation:||Huat, C.B. (1998). Asian values: Restraining the logic of capitalism?. Social Semiotics 8 (2-3) : 215-226. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.|
|Abstract:||This paper argues that the emphasis placed on the 'collective' as part of the rhetoric of 'Asian values ', particularly in Singapore, has a potentially positive effect of limiting the excesses of rapacious capitalism. It argues that the insistence on privileging 'collective' or 'social' well-being is both a moral critique and a moral alternative to the entrenchment of self-interests in capitalist society. It is this moral conception of the 'social' that has enabled the People's Action Party government of Singapore to, at least rhetorically, reinscribe social democracy as its abiding commitment and its principle of government. © 1998 Carfax Publishing Ltd.|
|Source Title:||Social Semiotics|
|Appears in Collections:||Staff Publications|
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