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Title: A Nation on the Move: Understanding national identity through bus journeys in Singapore
Authors: LIM JUN YU
Keywords: bus, mobilities, national identity, memory, everyday practice, rhythm, encounter
Issue Date: 2018
Citation: LIM JUN YU (2018). A Nation on the Move: Understanding national identity through bus journeys in Singapore. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Extant geographical literature regarding national identity remains grounded in fixed sites and ontologies, with scant attention given to the ways in which transport mobilities potentially resonate with nationhood. In acknowledging the contribution of the ‘mobilities turn’ within geography, I examine how bus journeys in Singapore constitute notions of national identity by analysing three interlinked facets of bus travel – memories, everyday practices and encounters. Using an in-depth qualitative methodological approach, this thesis engages with Singaporean bus passengers across different bus interchanges. Two research methods were adopted – namely (i) timespace diaries to understand various practices and rhythms that structure feelings of nationhood; and (ii) photo-elicitation interviews to capture memories and details of experiences during bus travel. In so doing, I hope to contribute to the existing theoretical lacuna within the interstices of mobilities and political geography, and provide an Asian empirical case study of buses as a transport mobility system. Importantly, this thesis surfaces a need for policymakers to attend to everyday national identity-making within transport spaces, as the micro-scale of bus spaces is relationally linked to the wider scale of the nation.
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