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Constructing habitus: promoting an international arts trend at the Singapore Arts Festival

Lim, Lorraine (2012) Constructing habitus: promoting an international arts trend at the Singapore Arts Festival. International Journal of Cultural Policy 18 (3), pp. 308-322. ISSN 1028-6632.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10286632.2011.651131

Abstract

The Singapore Arts Festival (SAF) is Singapore’s largest government-supported international arts festival. SAF presents the best in international and local arts, in an attempt, to develop what it perceives to be a lack of cultural knowledge of the Singaporean arts-going public. Using Pierre Bourdieu’s key concept of ‘habitus’ together with an analysis of the programming of the festival, this paper will highlight how the festival seeks to create a specific cultural taste in Singaporean art-goers through privileging and promoting works that are internationally marketable to European countries. The paper will conclude that this programming style occurs at the expense of Singaporean artists and hinders the development of the city’s state cultural and artistic development.

Item Type: Article
Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Singapore, cultural production, artistic habitus, Bourdieu
School or Research Centre: Birkbeck Schools and Research Centres > School of Arts > Film, Media and Cultural Studies
Depositing User: Dr L Lim
Date Deposited: 19 Jun 2012 11:56
Last Modified: 08 Apr 2014 11:00
URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/4800

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