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Title: BODY BUILDING AS NATION BUILDING: THE VISIONAL POLITICS OF FITNESS IN SINGAPORE
Authors: FANN LIM EN QI
Issue Date: 16-Apr-2018
Citation: FANN LIM EN QI (2018-04-16). BODY BUILDING AS NATION BUILDING: THE VISIONAL POLITICS OF FITNESS IN SINGAPORE. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Sport has a nationalistic dimension. In Singapore, sport has been heavily orchestrated by the state to achieve nationalistic goals of ruggedness, economic productivity and social cohesion. Existing scholarships on sports in Singapore often analyse the state’s discourse within sports policies – like “Sport for All”, “Sport for Life”, “SPEX 2000” and the recent “Vision 2030” – to reveal the state’s paternalistic hand in moulding ideal citizens. However, this thesis questions how the link between state’s discourse on sports and citizens’ participation is realized. Focusing on the sports masterplan of Vision 2030 and citizens’ participation in a state-funded gym, (ActiveSG gym), this paper explores the personal discourse of gymgoers with the political discourse of the state to illustrate how state rhetoric is translated into the everyday lived experiences of gymgoers. The paper posits a concept of “visional politics”, a political tactic that aligns the practices of the self with the practices of governance, such that the state’s political agenda is achieved without much resistance.
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/144913
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