Spotlight Session

We offer a Spotlight Session introducing the most compelling research by high-profile scholar. This Spotlight Session focuses on CHUA BENG HUAT (founding co-executive editor of the journal, Inter-Asia Cultural Studies)’s new book “Disavowing Liberalism”. 


  • July 29, 2017 3:15-4:45 PM / Venue: M301 
  • SPEAKER: Chua Beng Huat (National University of Singapore)
    • Chang Kyung Sup (Seoul National University)
    • Kwok Kian Woon (Nanyang Technological University)


It is now commonplace to hear that the globally hegemonic liberal order is in crisis at its very core in the nominal West. The crisis can be broken down into three components: the unregulated free market has led to intolerable income and social inequality; the withdrawal of the state from its responsibilities in the social welfare of the population, as part of the post-war class compromise, and the breakdown of liberal tolerance in the face of multidimensional differences in the globally mobile citizenry.

The crisis has, obviously, created discursive and political practical space for the return of right-wing xenophobic nationalism in the liberal West. However, the opening should also be seized and utilized for the return of other displaced or suppressed political ideologies, including ‘socialism’. Socialism is a concept whose moral and practical values far exceeds the empirical instances of economic and political failures of the so-called ex-communist states.

Drawing on the universal public housing program and the state capitalism of Singapore, institutions that were motivated by socialist thinking, Chua Beng Huat demonstrates how certain practices of socialism remain possible, within global capitalism, in his new book, Disavowing Liberalism: Communitarianism and State Capitalism in Singapore.





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