by Syed Farid Alatas, National University of Singapore The topic is an excuse to introduce the reader to sociology. However, as a reward for indulging me, I will eventually address the topic of social distancing, only to claim, however, that it is a misnomer. But we need to know what sociology is in order to […]

by Youyenn Teo, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, and member of ISA Research Committees on Poverty, Social Welfare and Social Policy (RC19) and Women in Society (RC32) Over the past few years, the issue of “work-life harmony” has come to the forefront as a public issue in Singapore. The Singapore state has increased social support to […]

by Vineeta Sinha, National University of Singapore, ISA Vice-President for Publications, 2014-2018 The looming figure of the late Lee Kuan Yew, the first Prime Minister of independent Singapore, appears to have defined the very existence and identity of this island nation-state. The Singapore style of governance associated with, and indeed extending from, the persona of […]

by Noorman Abdullah, National University of Singapore, and member of ISA Thematic Group on Senses and Society (TG07) Speaking at a National Day rally in August 2016, Prime Minister of Singapore Lee Hsien Loong discussed race relations in Singapore and the call for minority representation at the highest levels of political office. Minority representation in […]

by Youyenn Teo, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore Walk into any mall in Singapore and you will see “enrichment” and “tuition” centers, advertising help for kids who want to “succeed in school and in life” and training for students in the “Art of Learning How To Learn.” Some teach subjects aligned to school curricula – English, […]

by Francis Khek Gee Lim, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore In many ways, to be a Singaporean entails a constant negotiation with a state-imposed system of social classification, in both public and private life. Of course, all modern nation-states engage in defining, circumscribing, and hence governing the different social and cultural groupings they encompass; these are […]

by Daniel P.S. Goh, National University of Singapore There are two founding stories told about the national museums and history textbooks in Singapore. The first and long-standing one told since independence in 1965 is the founding of the British settlement on the island in 1819 by Sir Stamford Raffles of the East India Company. In […]

by Riaz Hassan, Institute of South Asian Studies, National University of Singapore In his seminal book Muslim Society, Ernest Gellner boldly asserts: “By various obvious criteria – universalism, scripturalism, spiritual egalitarianism, the extension of full participation in the sacred community, not to one, or some, but to all, and the rational systemization of social life […]

by Syed Farid Alatas, Department of Sociology, National University of Singapore The first of what might become a series of regional meetings on sociology in and of the Middle East was held in Tehran on May 28 and 29, 2011. Entitled the “Regional Conference on Social Thought and Sociology in the Contemporary Middle East”, the […]

by Vineeta Sinha, Member of the Executive Committee In 2005, I became involved with the ISA E-Bulletin, initiated by the-then Vice President for the ISA Publications Committee, Susan McDaniel, who invited me to apply for the position of editor. As someone who had some involvement with the editorial board of the Asian Journal of Social […]