Behind the facade

James, Kieran (2011) Behind the facade. In: Singapore sucks! Gerakbudaya Enterprises, Petaling Jaya, Malaysia, pp. 97-100. ISBN 978-983-44793-9-8

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I shall simply begin my introduction to a literary masterpiece with a letter sent to me by a client. His name has been changed to protect his privacy. Dear Dr. Algernon, I am Balan. I am a factory worker of Singapore Inc. We produce all types of electronic stuff including radios and hand phones. Recently, I got into big trouble at the factory and I am worried I may lose my job. I was accused of defamation and of disloyalty and everyone hates me now. .....Dr. Algernon, I am confused. Am I a disloyal worker or just someone who's afraid of rocketing costs? Reply Well, my dear Balan, I do not think you are being disloyal at all. You were simply a product of Skinnerian conditioning. B.F. Skinner, a behaviourist, believed in operant conditioning which is a method of learning that occurs through rewards and punishments for behaviour.


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Item Type: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: This is a non-reportable item. This is a poem in an edited book of poems and short stories about contemporary Singaporean culture and politics. The publisher is an academic press in Malaysia. Copyright © of all submitted texts that appear in this book belong to the individual authors. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form, or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise, without the prior permission of the publisher.
Depositing User: Dr Kieran James
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Business and Law - School of Accounting, Economics and Finance
Date Deposited: 18 Jun 2012 07:12
Last Modified: 03 Jul 2013 01:03
Uncontrolled Keywords: working conditions; Singapore; factory; industrial relations; reward and punishment
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2002 Cultural Studies > 200202 Asian Cultural Studies
20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2002 Cultural Studies > 200209 Multicultural, Intercultural and Cross-cultural Studies
16 Studies in Human Society > 1608 Sociology > 160805 Social Change
20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2002 Cultural Studies > 200206 Globalisation and Culture
20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2002 Cultural Studies > 200203 Consumption and Everyday Life
20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2002 Cultural Studies > 200211 Postcolonial Studies
20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2002 Cultural Studies > 200212 Screen and Media Culture
16 Studies in Human Society > 1608 Sociology > 160810 Urban Sociology and Community Studies
21 History and Archaeology > 2103 Historical Studies > 210302 Asian History
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO2008): C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9502 Communication > 950201 Communication Across Languages and Culture
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/20767

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