Social Issues

Featured Titles
Social Change In An Urban Neighbourhood In Klang: A Case StudySocial Change In An Urban Neighbourhood In Klang: A Case Study by Jayanath Appudurai; Lian Kwen Fee

Urbanisation has transformed the social structure of Malaysian society since the 1970s. The Malays, a rural and peasant-based society in the 1950s, are now an integral part of urban society and constitute significant parts of the middle and working classes. The Indians, semi-rural and semi-urban in the past, are now a full blown urban proletariat. This case study is the first attempt to examine the socio-economic and political consequences of two ethnic groups of rural origins - one peasant and the other a plantation economy - now incorporated into an industrial economy and constituting an urban proletariat. This urban working class, neglected by the government in the past, has gained in importance over the years and has emerged as a politically significant influence in Malaysian politics.

Sustainable Environment: Balancing Growth With The EnvironmentSustainable Environment: Balancing Growth With The Environment by

In spite of rapid urbanisation and industrialisation, Singapore has enjoyed a high quality 'Clean and Green' environment. This was achieved by maintaining an intricate balance between development and sustainability. Over time, the balancing act has turned into an economic advantage and a virtuous cycle. This study presents a historical account of the environmental and economic policy objectives, including the trade-offs required and the implementation of adaptive environmental policy to meet changing economic demands.

Housing: Turning Squatters Into StakeholdersHousing: Turning Squatters Into Stakeholders by

An immediate task facing Singapore's first independent government was to fix the housing problem. The housing landscape in the post-war 1940s and 1950s was a melange of slums, overcrowding, unhygienic living conditions and a lack of decent accommodation. Singapore now boasts high standard of living with over 80 percent of Singapore's resident population living in public housing. How has Singapore managed this in a mere half-century? Drawing from first-hand interview material with urban pioneers and current practitioners, this study traces the evolution of Singapore's public housing story. Beyond the brick and mortar, it interweaves and fleshes out how Singapore has managed to use public housing policies to achieve wider social and nation building goals - to root an immigrant population and build a home-owning democracy; eradicate ethnic enclaves; meet the aspirations of Singapore's growing middle class; care for the less fortunate; and foster a sense of community.

Our Lives To Live: Putting A Woman's Face To Change In SingaporeOur Lives To Live: Putting A Woman's Face To Change In Singapore by Kanwaljit Soin; Margaret Thomas (Eds.)

This book explores and documents how women's roles, choices, and voices in Singapore have changed in the last 50 years; how women, from all sectors of society, have helped to shape the Singapore we know today. The 31 chapters, some with a more academic slant, others with a distinctly personal tone, reflect the rich diversity and depth of women's contributions to Singapore's evolution in the last half century, and also point to the problematical areas that still need attention.

Women, Policy And Political Leadership: Regional Perspectives In Today's WorldWomen, Policy And Political Leadership: Regional Perspectives In Today's World by Hofmeister, Wilhelm; M. Sarmah; D. Kaur (Eds.)

This is a conference proceedings arising from a regional meeting of female parliamentarians on 16-17 October 2014, in Singapore. In addition to wide-ranging discussion on the theme of strengthening women's political leadership, other issues and challenges examined by the politically active writers include securing equal political and economic power between women and men, the gender pay gap, and the elimination of child marriage as well as other forms of gender-based violence.

Concept Of A Hero In Malay SocietyConcept Of A Hero In Malay Society by Shaharuddin Maaruf

This book attempts to study the Malay conception of the hero as projected by the ruling class in Malaysia. It provides readers with a better understanding of Malay politics and cultural life.

Simple Tips For Happy Kids: A Simple Adventure To Happier Families (Revised Edition)Simple Tips For Happy Kids: A Simple Adventure To Happier Families (Revised Edition) by Ho-Huan, Jenni

This book helps parents to focus on the basic but essential ideas that are critical to a happy and successful parenting experience. The simple, easy-to-do, yet fundamentally sound, ideas will help parents better understand how to bring up and nurture confident and happy children.

Homosexuality: Questions And AnswersHomosexuality: Questions And Answers by National Council Of Churches Of Singapore

What is homosexuality, and does the Bible allow stable and faithful homosexual partnerships? How should Christians respond to the "gay rights movement", and attempts by scholars to reinterpret Scripture in favour of homosexual practices? Can homosexual orientation be changed? Is it natural or genetically determined? What is the Church 's message to practising homosexuals, and Christians who face homosexual temptation? This revised and updated edition answers these questions and more, presenting the position that the National Council of Churches of Singapore believes to be faithful to the Bible and the best traditions of the Church.

Racism & Racial Discrimination In Malaysia: A Historical & Class PerspectiveRacism & Racial Discrimination In Malaysia: A Historical & Class Perspective by Kua Kia Soong

This is the first in-depth expose of racism & racial discrimination in Malaysia, written from a historical and class perspective. It is about the politics of race and class in Malaysia, highlighting the structural conditions that enable the manipulation of race to serve the economic interests of the ruling elite. The author offers alternatives that are needs based and thus race-free by doing away with such discriminatory policies, rent-seeking activities and patronage politics.

Our Lives To Live: Putting A Woman's Face To Change In SingaporeOur Lives To Live: Putting A Woman's Face To Change In Singapore by Kanwaljit Soin; Margaret Thomas (Eds.)

Our Lives to Live: Putting a Woman's Face to Change in Singapore explores and documents how women's roles, choices, and voices in Singapore have changed in the last 50 years; how women, from all sectors of society, have helped to shape the Singapore we know today. The 30 chapters, some with a more academic slant, others with a distinctly personal tone, reflect the rich diversity and depth of women's contributions to Singapore's evolution in the last half century, and also point to the problematical areas that still need attention.

50 Years Of Social Issues In Singapore50 Years Of Social Issues In Singapore by Chan, David

The social context of Singapore is changing rapidly, and understanding how people think, feel and behave in various situations has become a key driver of effectiveness in addressing social issues. This book provides a comprehensive review and examination of various social issues at multiple levels of analysis including the individual, group and society. It adopts a translational approach to social issues in Singapore by explicitly bridging intellectual and practical perspectives.

Population Of Malaysia, The (Second Edition)Population Of Malaysia, The (Second Edition) by Saw Swee-Hock

The second edition of this book presents a most comprehensive and up-to-date analysis of the multiracial population of Malaysia, with painstaking effort and skill of the author in interpreting the vast array of materials and statistics at his disposal. The strength of the book lies in the authors deep familiarity with the country where he was educated up to secondary level, taught for some time in the University of Malaya, and was even involved in the planning of population censuses. The book is indispensable to policy-makers and social scientists who wish to seek a greater understanding of the demographic issues facing the country.

Give & Take: Writings On The Malaysian Chinese CommunityGive & Take: Writings On The Malaysian Chinese Community by Sim, Rita; Fui K. Soong

This book begins with seemingly Chinese-centric issues, but they dissolve gradually into what are essentially issues that effect all communities in this multicultural nation: racial integration and disintegration; myths and misconceptions; connectedness and a sense of belonging; how to bring the community together; the need for a strong leadership that will act as a "strong negotiator" to represent and champion the community; and the search for common ground that a multicultural society can stand on. Worry over deterioration or loss of values, the collapse of the extended family and the dilution or hybridisation of tradition, presented from the Chinese perspective, may seem like race-specific problems, but they are actually human ones. -- extract from Message from Datuk Abdul Jalil Hamid

Climate Risks, Regional Integration, And Sustainability In The Mekong RegionClimate Risks, Regional Integration, And Sustainability In The Mekong Region by Louis Lebel, Chu Thai Hoanh Et Al

Rapid economic growth coupled with current and projected climate risks are challenging livelihoods and ecosystems in the Mekong region. In this book, the Sustainable Mekong Research Network brings together multi-country studies, each of which included significant engagement with boundary partners, to analyze the impacts of, and ways to adapt to, climate risks and unsustainable growth in a highly interdependent region.

Social Cohesion: Addressing Social Divide In Europe And AsiaSocial Cohesion: Addressing Social Divide In Europe And Asia by Hofmeister, Wilhelm; Patrick Rueppel Et. Al.

This publication addresses issues concerning social cohesion in both Europe and Asia. Subject matter experts from Europe and Asia examine the underlying factors affecting the degree of social cohesion and civic engagement in a number of countries, including the impact of globalisation, increasing multi-culturalism, the working poor, increasing income inequality, social polarisation etc. The papers consider a number of policy initiatives implemented in various countries, assess their effectiveness and proposes policy changes.

Second Chance: A Runner's Story Of Heart Attack And StrokeSecond Chance: A Runner's Story Of Heart Attack And Stroke by Goh Chor Boon

Each year, a few thousands of Singaporeans had the unfortunate encounter with heart attacks and strokes. Increasingly, younger adults below 50 years are adding to the statistics. The alarming matter is that a good number of these folks are people who exercise regularly, or at least they claimed to do so. This book is about a runner's story of his experience with heart attack and stroke. Readers can learn about his trials and tribulations in facing up with the odds and eventually to be running again.

Gender And Ageing: Southeast Asian PerspectivesGender And Ageing: Southeast Asian Perspectives by Devasahayam, Theresa W. (Ed.)

This book examines common themes related to gender and ageing in countries in Southeast Asia. It reveals how ageing has become tempered by globalization, cultural values, family structures, women's emancipation and empowerment, social networks, government policies, and religion. Because the book employs a cross-country analysis, readers gain an understanding of contemporary emergent trends not only in each of the countries but also in Southeast Asia as a whole.

Famine Politics In Maoist China And The Soviet UnionFamine Politics In Maoist China And The Soviet Union by Wemheuer, Felix

During the twentieth century, 80 percent of all famine victims worldwide died in China and the Soviet Union. Felix Wemheuer analyzes the historical and political roots of these socialist-era famines, in which overambitious industrial programs endorsed by Stalin and Mao Zedong created greater disasters than those suffered under prerevolutionary regimes. Focusing on famine as a political tool, Wemheuer systematically exposes how conflicts about food among peasants, urban populations, and the socialist state resulted in the starvation death of millions.

Tombois And Femmes: Defying Gender Labels In IndonesiaTombois And Femmes: Defying Gender Labels In Indonesia by Blackwood, Evelyn

This book offers a compelling view of sexual and gender difference through the everyday lives of tombois and their girlfriends ("femmes") in the city of Padang, West Sumatra. Tombois are masculine females who identify as men and desire women; their girlfriends view themselves as normal women who desire men. Through rich, in-depth, and provocative stories, author Evelyn Blackwood shows how these same-sex Indonesian couples negotiate transgressive identities and desires and how their experiences speak to the struggles and desires of sexual and gender minorities everywhere.

Toms & Dees: Transgender Identity And Female Same-Sex Relationship In ThailandToms & Dees: Transgender Identity And Female Same-Sex Relationship In Thailand by Sinnott, Megan J.

A vibrant, growing, and highly visible set of female identities has emerged in Thailand known as tom and dee. A tom refers to a masculine woman who is sexually involved with a feminine partner, or dee. The patterning of female same-sex relationships into masculine and feminine pairs, coupled with the use of English-derived terms to refer to them, is found throughout East and Southeast Asia. Have the forces of capitalism facilitated the dissemination of Western-style gay and lesbian identities throughout the developing world as some theories of transnationalism suggest? Is the emergence of toms and dees over the past twenty-five years a sign that this has occurred in Thailand? Megan Sinnott engages these issues by examining the local culture and historical context of female same-sex eroticism and female masculinity in Thailand. Drawing on a broad spectrum of anthropological literature, Sinnott situates Thai tom and dee subculture within the global trend of increasingly hybridized sexual and gender identities.