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The Limits of Access: The Messy Temporalities of Hope and the Negotiation of Place

Ong, Adelina (2018) The Limits of Access: The Messy Temporalities of Hope and the Negotiation of Place. Research in Drama Education, 23 (3). pp. 467-478. ISSN 1356-9783

Abstract

One widely accepted narrative in Singapore concerns access and reads thus: education is the main vehicle for upward income mobility. Students are sorted into Normal and Express programmes through the Primary School Leaving Examinations at 12 years of age. Academic overachievement is the socially validated norm. Rising incidents of youth suicide and depression in recent years have been attributed to academic stress. I explore the messy temporalities of hope and propose that hope is created when imaginations of the future are not constrained by the parameters of access.

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