Singapore the Frontrunner: Media discourse analysis of Singaporean modernity

Helena Diana Johanna Kalajainen & Anna Amalie Breusch Larsen

Studenteropgave: Basisprojekt


The upcoming project engages in the concept of modernity which in this digitalised and globalised age has become challenged on its meaning. Specifically, using the modern state of Singapore as a case, the project explores the image of Singaporean modernity, in both local Singaporean media, and western British media. The project theoretically engages with the general concept of modernity, focusing on the repre-sentation of a unique path of Singapore to become a modern state - The Singapore-an model. The media discourse analysis is applied as the method for reading and interpreting the data, consisting of 184 news articles in total. More specifically, the research question is as follows: How is Singapore represented in British and Singa-porean media in terms of modernity? To angle the project further a subquestion is also applied: Does the Singaporean and British media leave space for critique of the modern Singapore?
This study finds that there is an undeniable positive media discourse about the modern Singapore - both in the Singaporean and the British media. While Singaporean media is constructing an image of the modern Singapore along the lines of the unique Singaporean model, British media emphasises economy, technology and not least luxury tourism in the image of the modern global city. The focal point is the potential problem of specific topics being highlighted in the public media, while other things, such as the downsides and costs to this modern Singaporean society, go unnoticed.

UddannelserKultur- og Sprogmødestudier, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Kandidat
Udgivelsesdato29 maj 2017
Antal sider48
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