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Title: APART FROM AND NOT A PART OF SOCIETY: LIVED EXPERIENCES OF POVERTY IN SINGAPORE
Authors: ZACHARY ONG ZHENG WEN
Issue Date: 22-Oct-2021
Citation: ZACHARY ONG ZHENG WEN (2021-10-22). APART FROM AND NOT A PART OF SOCIETY: LIVED EXPERIENCES OF POVERTY IN SINGAPORE. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: In public discussions and socio-political discourses on poverty, “even among well-meaning people, there is an underlying presumption that the lower-income’s ways are inferior, pathways ‘deviant’, their ‘choices’ bad, their ‘cultures’ problematic” (Teo, 2018, p. 29). Attempts to explain and tackle poverty require an understanding of what poverty is to those who live and experience it, yet there remains a gap in this perspective. This study seeks to explore the lived experiences of poverty in Singapore through participant-driven photo-elicitation. This is organised into two segments as a media-based honours thesis — the written report, which undergirds the theoretical inquiry of the research, and an e-book that presents the knowledge produced through the research (which can be found in this link). My research has found that the low-income experience not just economic poverty, but an interconnected web of poverties — that of opportunities and choices, mental and physical well-being, as well as social relations. Poverty then, goes beyond material need — it is a lived reality in which choices available (or lack thereof) greatly influence one’s decisions — that then shape not only one’s experiences, but also how they live through and respond to those experiences. I argue that understanding and definitions of poverty must expand beyond how much (or how little) material wealth one has; and that while it should not be an end in itself, acceptance and affirmation can be a starting point towards better addressing issues of poverties.
URI: https://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/216922
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