By Hamzah Muzaini,Brenda S.A. Yeoh
This booklet units itself except a lot of the burgeoning literature on warfare commemoration inside human geography and the social sciences extra in most cases by means of analysing how the second one international warfare (1941–45) is remembered inside Singapore, specific for its power to make clear the manifold politics linked to the commemoration of wars not just inside of an Asian, but in addition a multiracial and multi-religious postcolonial context. via adopting a ancient materialist strategy, it lines the family tree of warfare commemoration in Singapore, from the preliminary disavowal of the conflict through the postcolonial executive considering that independence in 1965 to it being embraced as a part of nationwide historiography within the early Nineteen Nineties obvious within the emergence given that then of varied memoryscapes devoted to the development. additionally, via a serious research of a big variety of those memoryscapes, the publication interrogates how thoughts of the conflict were spatially and discursively appropriated at the present time by way of country (and non-state) organisations as a way of accomplishing a number of goals, together with (but now not constrained to) commemoration, tourism, mourning and nation-building. and eventually, the e-book examines the views of these who have interaction with or use those memoryscapes that allows you to show their contested nature as fractured by means of social divisions of race, gender, ideology and nationality.
The substantial e-book chapters could be in response to archival and empirical info drawn from case reviews in Singapore themed alongside varied conceptual lenses together with ethnicity; gender; postcoloniality, tourism and postmodernity; own mourning; transnational remembrances and politics; and the maintenance of unique websites, tales and artefacts of warfare.
Collectively, they converse to and paintings in the direction of laying off insights to the single overarching query: 'How is the second one global struggle venerated in postcolonial Singapore and what are a few of the concerns, politics and contestations that have followed those efforts to presence the conflict this day, really as they're spatially and materially performed out through types of memoryscapes?' The e-book additionally distinguishes itself from prior works written on conflict commemoration in Singapore, more often than not via social and army historians, relatively via its adoption of a geographical schedule that offers consciousness to problems with politics of area because it pertains to remembrance and representations of memory.