Singapore Population in Transition

Singapore Population in Transition

Saw Swee-Hock

248 pages | 6 x 9
Ebook 2016 | ISBN 9781512807783 | Buy from De Gruyter $79.95 | €69.95 | £70.50
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An Anniversary Collection volume

"A signal contribution to the studies of area populations—and there is a relevance here beyond simple geographic increment. Singapore is a metropolitan area formed from immigrant increments of three cultures. Sources are dispersed, fragmentary, defective to varying degrees, largely inaccessible outside specialized libraries. This study of Singapore thus becomes a major resource. . . . It will have major value for students of Indian, Malayan, Indonesian and Chinese culture, society, and economy. It is a model study for analysts everywhere who may be stimulated or encouraged to study other area populations."—lrene B. Taeuber, Princeton University
Human populations, to a skilled analyst, tell a dramatic story: In what direction is a country headed? What are its strengths and weaknesses, its potential disaster areas, its most promising human resources? What do the changes observed here—from the early history of Singapore to the present time—mean to the future of the country and the region?

In South Asian studies, which have suffered from a lack of data, Singapore Population in Transition is a major contribution. It is more than the best and latest statistical study of the area. The author writes with the insight of a resident observer and throws light on race and culture contacts, cultural accommodation among the peoples, separatism, urbanization and political history.

Saw Swee-Hock is a Professorial Fellow at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies in Singapore and a Member of the National University of Singapore Board of Trustees.

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