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Read the article, “Nation-building reboot needed”, The Straits Times, 18th January 2017 (available via http://www.straitstimes.com/opinion/nation-building-reboot-needed or via Newslink in the library’s e-resources). Adopting a sociological understanding of multiracialism in Singapore, race, ethnicity and culture, critically analyse some of the issues raised in the article, in relation to the evolving nation and identity in Singapore. Student notes For this assignment, you should demonstrate a basic understanding of the arguments put forth in Study Unit 1 and Study Unit 2, Chapter 3. You may also find Chapters 4 and 5 useful. Additional research, if needed, can be done from both academic and news databases in the UniSIM e-resources (Sage Sociology, SOCIndex for academic resources, Factiva and Newslink for news). Using evidence from the readings, the TMA aims to allow you to develop an understanding of the different conceptual approaches toward understanding race and ethnicity. Using the above article, think about and question the way multiracialism was handled in the past, and how it has since evolved and developed in Singapore. In your answer, you should consider (but are not limited to) some of the following ideas, as you will find them helpful: 1. The meanings of the concepts “race” and “ethnicity” 2. How the concepts are handled in Singapore 3. Singapore’s specific brand and management of “multiracialism”; what this now means amid current societal and national circumstances 4. Singapore’s history as a plural society 5. Multiracialism and how it contrasts from other models of handling plural societies 6. Multiracialism as the state’s “top down” nation-building 7. The concept of meritocracy, and whether it is experienced as applying not only in class and stratification, but also race relations The main purpose of this TMA is for you to understand Study Unit 1 and Chapter 3, and related Chapters and readings. You should have a grasp of the sociological features of race, ethnicity and how Singapore manages its diversity; and to consider these in light of the socio-political development of Singapore and how these play out amid other emerging contemporary pressures such as immigration and integration. SOC205 Tutor-Marked Assignments 01-02 July 2017 Semester SINGAPORE UNIVERSITY OF SOCIAL SCIENCES (SUSS) Page 8 of 8 It is important that you utilise the material and arguments from the course materials for your assignment, and that you ensure you demonstrate a sound sociological understanding of this issue. Be sure to engage with the article stated in the question. Write your answers in 1,500 words. Please remember to provide the word count, and list of references. Be sure to use appropriate academic sources, including your course materials.

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