Focuses on the globalisation nexus in Singapore: the tensions between the necessity to embrace the global to ensure economic survival and the need for a committed population to support the perpetuation of the nation-state and its economic success.
Introduction: Globalization and the nation-state -- 1. The making of the Singapore nation-state and the quest for a national identity -- Imagining Singapore: from colony to nationhood -- Developing the Singapore nation: strategies and policies of nation-building -- The question of national identity in the academic literature -- Internationalizing Singapore: nationhood and its connections elsewhere -- 2. The rhetoric of Asian values and the embracing of a "New Asian" identity -- Economy, identity, modernity, ambivalence: for functions of Asian values in Singapore -- 3. Creating national citizens for a global city -- The next lap: building the global city 1991-1997 -- 4. Re-branding Singapore: cosmopolitan cultural and urban redevelopment in a global city-state -- Cosmpolitanizing national culture: recent cultural policy trends in Singapore -- Managing and branding: evaluating Singapore's vision for a cosmopolitan global city -- Nationhood and the dilemmas of the cosmopolitan city-state -- 5. At "home" in a globalized city-state? -- Affect, identity and the nateriality of nation -- The contradictions of Singaporean social modernity -- Managerial speak and governmental forms of belonging -- Singapore and the gift of social life.