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Title: Multicultural carnivals and the politics of the spectacle in global Singapore
Authors: Goh, D.P.S. 
Keywords: carnivals
cultural politics
global city
Issue Date: Jun-2013
Citation: Goh, D.P.S. (2013-06). Multicultural carnivals and the politics of the spectacle in global Singapore. Inter-Asia Cultural Studies 14 (2) : 228-251. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Carnivals have historically played an important role in the multicultural life of Singapore society. This article looks at multicultural carnivals that today play a key role in the transformation of Singapore into a "global city" and its attendant cultural politics. I invoke as my starting point Bakhtin's observation that formerly subversive carnivals have become mere spectacles. I analyze two carnivals that engage emergent racial-class fissures on the terrain of the Debord-ian spectacular. The first is the annual Racial Harmony Day carnival organized by the state in a model public housing town, which facilitates the integration of the concentrated and diffuse forms of the spectacle to suture the racial-class fissures with cosmopolitan interpellations and imaginations of the "global city." The second is a two-month carnival organized by a group of artists to make visible an elided aspect of the fissures-low-wage foreign workers-to critically engage the new "global city" society of the spectacle. © 2013 Copyright Taylor and Francis Group, LLC.
Source Title: Inter-Asia Cultural Studies
ISSN: 14649373
DOI: 10.1080/14649373.2013.769751
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