FS: Singapore's Little India: A 'Community Space'?

The module explores the emergence of ‘Little India’ along its well-known main street, Serangoon Road, which is defined by ubiquitous retail outlets dealing with things ‘Indian’, from groceries, to puja items to clothing to cooked food. But ‘Little India’ has also been a multi-ethnic and multi-religious space. Its identity has been produced by a combination of historical factors. The module undertakes a physical and cultural mapping of this site paying attention to the commercial, religious, cultural and tourism-related practices enacted here. Students will be provided with an interdisciplinary framework (historical, anthropological, urban studies) to analyse the development of ‘Little India’.

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