This essay explores how the language and priorities of the corporate world seep into the halls of government, and the ensuing implications of such rhetoric. Situating my analysis in Singapore's National Day Rally addresses from 1960 to 2018, I uncover two rhetorical signatures unique to Singaporean neoliberalism: the location of national character in economic performance, and the act of packaging and selling the nation to its people. I conclude by examining the implications of a corporate constitution of the nation for evoking affective ties to the nation, and by considering the value of Singapore's case to broader critiques of neoliberalism.
neoliberalism, rhetoric, Singapore, customer, economic, patriotism
Singh, Rohini S., "In the Company of Citizens: The Rhetorical Contours of Singapore's Neoliberalism" (2019). Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies, , 161-177. 10.1080/14791420.2019.1637009. Retrieved from https://openworks.wooster.edu/facpub/413