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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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    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: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Arts > Film, Media and Cultural Studies
    Research Centre: Birkbeck Interdisciplinary Research in Media and Culture (BIRMAC)
    Depositing User: Lorraine Lim
    Date Deposited: 19 Jun 2012 11:56
    Last Modified: 27 Jul 2019 08:12


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