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This Is What Inequality Looks Like


Fri Feb 2 2018, 7:30pm–9:30pm

Where: Downtown Gallery, 6A Shenton Way, Raffles Place, Singapore

Restrictions: All ages

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This Is What Inequality Looks Like by Teo You Yenn.

Book Launch & Conversation with Alfian Sa'at. Seating is limited and will be on a first-come-first-serve basis. Come into the heart of CBD and join sociologist Teo You Yenn and playwright Alfian Sa'at in a conversation on inequality as we launch You Yenn's collection of critical essays on systemic inequality.

What is poverty? What is inequality? How are they connected? How are they reproduced? How might they be overcome? Why should we try?

This book—an ethnography of inequality—addresses these questions. Formed by a series of essays, they are written to be read individually, but have been arranged to be read as a totality and in sequence. Each aims to accomplish two things: first, to introduce a key aspect of the experience of being low-income in contemporary Singapore. Second, to illustrate how people’s experiences are linked to structural conditions of inequality.

The way we frame our questions shapes the way we see solutions. This book does what appears to be a no-brainer task, but one that is missing and important: it asks readers to pose questions in different ways, to shift the vantage point from which they view ‘common sense,’ and in so doing, to see themselves as part of problems and potential solutions. This is a book about how seeing poverty entails confronting inequality. It is about how acknowledging poverty and inequality leads to uncomfortable revelations about our society and ourselves. And it is about how once we see, we cannot, must not, unsee.

About Teo You Yenn

Teo You Yenn received her PhD in Sociology from the University of California at Berkeley. She is currently Associate Professor and Head of Sociology at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. She has published journal articles, book chapters, and op-eds, and is the author of Neoliberal Morality in Singapore: How family policies make state and society (Routledge, 2011). She has received awards for her teaching and for bringing her research into the public domain. In 2013, she was winner of the Nanyang Education Award, and in 2016, she won the American Sociological Association Sex and Gender Section’s Feminist Scholar Activist Award.

About Alfian Sa'at

Alfian Sa’at is a Resident Playwright with W!ld Rice. He has been nominated 10 times for Best Original Script at the Life! Theatre Awards. In 2001, Alfian won the Golden Point Award for Poetry as well as the National Arts Council Young Artist Award for Literature.