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The 'little businessman' of Bukit Timah: A study of the economic, social and political organization of traders in a market complex in Singapore.

Wong, Charlotte Hock Soon (1979) The 'little businessman' of Bukit Timah: A study of the economic, social and political organization of traders in a market complex in Singapore. Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) thesis, University of Kent. (doi:10.22024/UniKent/01.02.94733) (KAR id:94733)

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This study seeks to understand the economic, social, and political organization of small scale traders in a market complex in Singapore. The range of material is discussed within one framework, the relationship between the State and the marketplaces. This is carried out through the detailed analysis of the processes that have been involved in the formation of marketplaces, the organization of marketing activities, the organization of social relationships for marketing, and the role of voluntary associations for marketplace traders. In all these the State exerts its control and effects change because it is concentrating economic growth in the large scale sector of the economy. The State acts to foster rapid economic growth, but at the expense of the small scale trading sector.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctor of Philosophy (PhD))
DOI/Identification number: 10.22024/UniKent/01.02.94733
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Subjects: H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Divisions: Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research
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Date Deposited: 14 Jul 2023 13:26 UTC
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