Poverty in paradise city: when the jester has a broken heart

James, Kieran and Walsh, Rex and Grant, Bligh (2011) Poverty in paradise city: when the jester has a broken heart. Journal of Peace, Gender and Development Studies, 1 (4). pp. 138-154.


Via detailed personal interviews, this paper canvasses the views of leading Singapore opposition politicians and grassroots activists about poverty and income inequality in Singapore society. The role of opposition internet activism is also explored. Semi-structured personal and group interviews, with politicians and grassroots activists; literature search; and attendance at opposition party functions. The opposition in general and Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) and National Solidarity Party (NSP) in particular have repeatedly highlighted the growing income inequality and poverty in the country. Pictures in the SDP’s promotional literature skillfully and dialectically present wealth and poverty in Singapore within the same pictorial image. Interviewees speak of the Dickensian living conditions in the one-room rental flats in Bukit Merah, just a taxi ride from Changi Airport, in
the Minister Mentor Harry Lee Kuan Yew’s constituency of Tanjong Pagar GRC. The SDP’s Alternative Economic Programme It’s about You (2010) utlines the Party’s proposals for minimum wage and unemployment insurance. The researchers obtain direct and personal access to Singapore’s grassroots opposition community, including people that are not party leaders and who are difficult to access. The views of this community have rarely been heard because of the Singapore
Government’s hegemonic control of mainstream media within the country.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Copyright © 2011 International Research Journals.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Business and Law - School of Accounting, Economics and Finance
Date Deposited: 18 Jul 2011 04:27
Last Modified: 12 Nov 2014 05:34
Uncontrolled Keywords: grassroots activism; income inequality; internet activism; National Solidarity Party; poverty; Singapore politics; Singapore opposition parties; Singapore Democratic Party
Fields of Research : 16 Studies in Human Society > 1604 Human Geography > 160401 Economic Geography
15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1501 Accounting, Auditing and Accountability > 150199 Accounting, Auditing and Accountability not elsewhere classified
16 Studies in Human Society > 1608 Sociology > 160810 Urban Sociology and Community Studies
Socio-Economic Objective: B Economic Development > 91 Economic Framework > 9102 Microeconomics > 910209 Preference, Behaviour and Welfare
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/19332

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