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Title: NEGOTIATING NATIONAL IDENTITY IN THE CONTEXT OF DIASPORA ENGAGEMENT: A case study of Overseas Singaporeans at Singapore Day
Authors: Ng Wei Lin Jocelyn
Keywords: Diaspora, Diaspora Strategies, Nation-building, National Identity, Governmentality, Overseas Singaporeans
Issue Date: 2015
Citation: Ng Wei Lin Jocelyn (2015). NEGOTIATING NATIONAL IDENTITY IN THE CONTEXT OF DIASPORA ENGAGEMENT: A case study of Overseas Singaporeans at Singapore Day. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Diasporas challenge territorial understandings of national identity by widening the imagined spatiality of the nation beyond its territorial container. In response, migrant-sending states like Singapore are mobilising diaspora strategies to engage their de-territorialised citizens and involve them in projects of nation-building. Overseas Singaporeans (OS) are courted by the Singapore government as they are valued for their contributions to the country. However, literature combining territoriality, nation-building and diaspora studies remain limited. Hence this thesis seeks to address this theoretical gap by situating its analysis of national identity negotiations at the confluence of banal nationalism and diaspora strategies. I examine how diaspora strategies mobilised by the state intersect with banal performances of national identity to produce OS as subjects of extraterritorial nation-building. By exploring the concept of national identity as embodied and performed through banal routines of everyday life, I seek to highlight its dynamic and subjective production. This thesis will also engage with governmentality studies to investigate the processes of subjectification that are embedded in state-diaspora relations. Through a case study of Singapore Day, I examine how the state engages in practices of territoriality and symbolic nation-building to project its normative discourse of national identity to OS. OS demonstrate their agency by utilising the space of Singapore Day to perform their alternative narratives of national identity. I argue that the state’s attempt to re-territorialise OS through their national identity is thus limited by the subjectivity and negotiated nature of national identity.
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