Cinema and Television in Singapore: Resistance in One Dimension

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Through close readings of contemporary made-in-Singapore films (by Jack Neo, Eric Khoo, and Royston Tan) and television programs (Singapore Idol, sitcoms, and dramas), this book explores the possibilities and limitations of resistance within an advanced capitalist-industrial society whose authoritarian government skillfully negotiates the risks and opportunities of balancing its on-going nation-building project and its “global city” aspirations. This book adopts a framework inspired by Antonio Gramsci that identifies ideological struggles in art and popular culture, but maintains the importance of Herbert Marcuse’s one-dimensional society analysis as theoretical limits to recognize the power of authoritarian capitalism to subsume works of art and popular culture even as they attempt consciously—even at times successfully—to negate and oppose dominant hegemonic formations.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages328
ISBN (Electronic)9789047433330
ISBN (Print)9789004166431
Publication statusPublished - 20 Mar 2008

Publication series

NameSocial Sciences in Asia
ISSN (Print)1567-2794

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Social Sciences(all)


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