Governmental discipline and the limits of agency: Singapore's developing national identity, Facebook and Generation Y

Stephanie Kim Neubronner

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Abstract

The expression of more direct, articulate perspectives online, which Facebook allows, has increased challenges to the limits of individual freedom in Singapore. However, netizens' performance of lateral surveillance implies the internalisation of social order, transforming authorities' omnipresent monitoring gaze into another form of disciplinary enforcement. This raises questions concerning the meaning of the increased willingness to participate and engage in online social activism. To attain a deeper understanding of Singaporean Gen Y's viewpoints, this study examines the impact Facebook usage has on social practices, the development of social capital, and the possibility of Singapore transitioning towards a more participatory democracy.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Western Australia
Supervisors/Advisors
  • Acciaioli, Greg, Supervisor
  • Shaw, Brian John, Supervisor
Award date2 Feb 2018
DOIs
Publication statusUnpublished - 2018

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