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Title: The Making of Elite Schools in Singapore, 1940s - 1980s
Keywords: education, ACS, RI, elite, schools, field
Issue Date: 17-Aug-2011
Citation: CHRISTOPHER NAVARAJAN S/O SELVA RAJ (2011-08-17). The Making of Elite Schools in Singapore, 1940s - 1980s. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: The central puzzle I engage in this thesis is how and why the Raffles Institution (RI) and the Anglo-Chinese School (ACS) maintained distinction as elite schools between the 1940s-1980s, a period during which the educational arena in Singapore was consolidated under the centralized control of the state. I first show how schooling in Singapore during this phase would begin to take on the properties of a settled Bourdieusian field: competition among schools would become fundamentally organized around contests for a field-specific form of symbolic capital that signaled pedagogic aptitude. Accordingly, drawing on my interpretation of public newspapers and school magazines published during this period, I demonstrate how RI and ACS secured acknowledgement of their prestige during this time by amassing, defining and defending holdings of this symbolic capital. This thesis makes its contribution to the sociology of education by bringing inter-school relations to the forefront of understanding schooling differentiation and hierarchy.
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