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In March 2009, the Association of Women for Action and Research (AWARE) was briefly taken over by a Christian faction. Their coup was overturned within a matter of weeks, but the episode highlighted a variety ofissues, including the role of religion in civil society, sex education, homosexuality, state intervention and media engagement. Although the immediate issue was control of an activist group concerned with women's rights, it has implications for the agendas and concerns of NGOs, "culture wars", the processes of citizenry mobilization, mass participation and noisy democracy, and liberal voices in contemporary Singapore. In this book, academics and public intellectuals examine the AWARE saga within the context of Singapore's civil society, considering the political and historical background and how the issues it raised relate to contemporary societal trends. In addition to documenting a milestone event for Singapore's civil society, the authors offer provocative interpretations that will interest a broad range of readers.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-13
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  1. Chapter 1 Making Singapore's Liberal Base Visible
  2. pp. 14-24
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  1. Chapter 2 Compensating for the Abdication of the Moral State?
  2. pp. 25-35
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  1. Chapter 3 Not Quite Shutting Up and Sitting Down: The Singapore Government's Role in the AWARE Saga
  2. pp. 36-50
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  1. Chapter 4 Who Dragged Christianity into the AWARE Saga?: Observations on the Role of Christians, Value Pluralism and Contestation in Public Discourse
  2. pp. 51-73
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  1. Chapter 5 Blame it on the Bogey: The Christian Right's Construction of Homosexuality and the AWARE CSE Programme
  2. pp. 74-95
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  1. Chapter 6 The Role of the Media: Investigative Journalism in Singapore
  2. pp. 96-105
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  1. Chapter 7 Strength in Diversity: Organisational Lessons from the AWARE Saga
  2. pp. 106-118
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  1. Chapter 8 Contesting Feminisms: The AWARE Saga
  2. pp. 119-132
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  1. Chapter 9 Shut Up and Sit Down! Stand Up and Speak Out!: The AWARE EGM as Performance of Civil Society in Singapore
  2. pp. 133-155
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  1. Chapter 10 AWARE Re-pluralised, Re-secularised: Transition to Deeper Awareness
  2. pp. 156-174
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 175-178
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 179-181
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Additional Information

ISBN
9789971696122
Related ISBN
9789971695514
MARC Record
OCLC
789186809
Pages
200
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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