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The Culture Industry In Renaissance-City Singapore

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The products of Singapore?s culture industry are all intimately linked to the larger capitalist economy through which they are circulated for profit and for which they provide ideological support through the messages conveyed. This chapter discusses the political economy of cultural and artistic production in Singapore, its evolving place within the larger economy of a ?global city,? and the policy developments that have had an impact on it. While the Marcusean analytical limit serves to highlight just how susceptible art and popular culture are to being subsumed by the logic of capitalism, the Gramscian cultural studies approach allows for a more dynamic exploration of ideological negotiations within art and popular culture. Standardized products of the film and television industries are likely also to be mimetic or, as political sociologist David Held explains, ?an extension of the ?outside world? ? [that] reproduces, reinforces and strengthens dominant interpretations of reality?.

Keywords: capitalism; culture industry; global city; Gramscian cultural studies; Herbert Marcuse; policy developments; political economy; Singapore



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