Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
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National University of Singapore
10 Kent Ridge Crescent, Singapore 119260

Office: AS1/03-23
Email: socgohd@nus.edu.sg
Tel: 65165080
Fax: 67779579
Homepage: http://www.danielpsgoh.com/
| Brief Introduction | Teaching Areas | Current Research | Publications | Other Information

Brief Introduction Top

  • PhD, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 2005 
  • Convener, Cultural Studies Minor and Cultural Studies in Asia PhD Programme
  • Research Associate, Asian Urbanisms Research Cluster, Asia Research Institute, NUS

Teaching Areas Top

Teaching areas and pedagogical interests:

Race and ethnic relations, multiculturalism, sociology and anthropology of the state, interpretive sociology, cultural studies, urban studies

Current Research Top

Current Research

  • The Cultural Politics of Global City Making in Penang, Singapore and Hong Kong 

Research Interests

My core interest lies in the extensions of postcolonial theory, post-marxist theory and comparative-historical sociology into the following domains of research:
  • Asian urbanisms
  • Colonial and postcolonial state formation in Southeast Asia
  • Multiculturalism and postcolonialism in Malaya/Malaysia/Singapore
  • Chinese religion, Christianity in Malaya/Malaysia/Singapore
  • Environmentalism and social ecology

Publications Top


  • Between History and Heritage: Post-Colonialism, Globalisation, and the Remaking of Malacca, Penang, and Singapore, TRaNS: Trans -Regional and -National Studies of Southeast Asia, 2014:2:1:79-101. TRaNS 2:1 website. Copyright Cambridge University Press.
  • Walking the Global City: The Politics of Rhythm and Memory in Singapore, Space and Culture, 2014:17:1:16-28. Space and Culture vol. 17:1 website. Copyright Sage.
  • Multicultural Carnivals and the Politics of the Spectacle in Global Singapore, Inter-Asia Cultural Studies, 2013:14:2:228-51. IACS vol.14:2 website. Copyright Routledge.
  • (with Tim Bunnell) Symposium on 'Recentering Southeast Asian Cities': Introduction, International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, 2013:37:3:825-33 (abstract). Copyright Wiley-Blackwell.
  • Oriental Purity: Postcolonial Discomfort and Asian Values, positions: east asia cultures critique, 20.4, 2012:20:4:1041-66. positions vol. 20:4 website. Copyright Duke University Press.
  • (with Tim Bunnell, Chee-Kien Lai and C. P. Pow) Special issue on 'Global Urban Frontiers? Asian Cities in Theory, Practice and Imagination': Introduction, Urban Studies, 2012:49:13:2785-93. Urban Studies vol. 49:13 website. Copyright Sage.
  • (with Tim Bunnell) Urban Aspirations and Asian Cosmopolitanisms, Geoforum, 2012:43:1:1-3. Geoforum vol. 43:1 website. Copyright Elsevier.
  • State Carnivals and the Subvention of Multiculturalism in Singapore, British Journal of Sociology, 2011:62:1:111-133. BJS vol. 62:1 website. Copyright LSE.
  • Unofficial Contentions: The Postcoloniality of Straits Chinese Political Discourse in the Straits Settlements Legislative Council, Journal of Southeast Asian Studies, 2010:41:3:483-507. JSEAS vol. 41:3 website. Copyright Cambridge University Press.
  • Capital and the Transfiguring Monumentality of Raffles Hotel, Mobilities, 2010:5:2:175-95. Abstract. Mobilities vol. 5:2 website. Copyright Routledge.
  • State and Social Christianity in Postcolonial Singapore, SOJOURN: Journal of Social Issues in Southeast Asia, 2010:25:1:54-89. Abstract. SOJOURN vol. 25:1 website. Copyright ISEAS.
  • Chinese Religion and the Challenge of Modernity in Malaysia and Singapore: Syncretism, Hybridization and Transfiguration, Asian Journal of Social Science, 2009:37:1:107-37. Abstract. AJSS vol. 37:1 website. Copyright Brill.
  • Religious Syncretism and Everyday Religiosity in Asia, Asian Journal of Social Science, 2009, vol. 37, no. 1. Table of contents. Editorial introduction:
  • Postcolonial Disorientations: Colonial Ethnography and the Vectors of the Philippine Nation in the Imperial Frontier, Postcolonial Studies, 2008:11:3:259-76. Abstract. Postcolonial Studies vol. 11:3 website. Copyright The Institute of Postcolonial Studies and Taylor & Francis.
  • Genèse de l’État colonial. Politiques colonisatrices et résistance indigène (Malaisie britannique, Philippines américaines), Actes de la Recherche en Sciences Sociales, 2008:171-2:56-73. Abstract.
  • From Colonial Pluralism to Postcolonial Multiculturalism: Race, State Formation and the Question of Cultural Diversity in Malaysia and Singapore, Sociology Compass, 2008:2:1:232-52. Abstract.
  • Imperialism and 'Medieval' Natives: The Malay Image in Anglo-American Travelogues and Colonialism in Malaya and the Philippines, International Journal of Cultural Studies, 2007:10:3:323-41. Abstract.
  • States of Ethnography: Colonialism, Resistance and Cultural Transcription in Malaya and the Philippines, 1890s-1930s, Comparative Studies in Society and History, 2007:49:1:109-42. Abstract (opening paragraph). Editorial introduction. CSSH vol. 49:1 website. Copyright Cambridge University Press.


  • Resistance and the Contradictory Rationalities of State Formation in British Malaya and the American Philippines, in George Steinmetz (ed.), Sociology and Empire, Duke University Press, 2013, forthcoming. 
  • Between Assimilation and Multiculturalism: Social Resilience and the Governance of Diversity in Singapore, in Norman Vasu and Yolanda Chin (eds), The Nation: Narratives and Communities in the Asia Pacific, Routledge, 2013, forthcoming.
  • Pluralist Secularism and the Displacements of Christian Proselytizing in Singapore, in Michael Feener and Juliana Finucane (eds), Proselytizing and the Limits of Religious Pluralism in Contemporary Asia, Springer, 2013, forthcoming.
  • The Plural Society and Multiculturalism in Malaysia and Singapore, in Nam-Kook Kim (ed.), Multicultural Challenges and Redefining Identity in East Asia, Ashgate, 2013, forthcoming.
  • Multiculturalism and the Problem of Solidarity, in Terence Chong(ed.), Management of Success Singapore Revisited, Singapore: Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, 2010, pp. 561-78.
  • The Third Phase of Singapore's Multiculturalism, in Tan Tarn How (ed.), Singapore Perspectives 2010: Home.Heart.Horizon, Singapore: Institute of Policy Studies and World Scientific, 2010, pp. 19-35.
  • Eyes turned towards China: Postcolonial Mimicry, Transcultural Elitism and Singapore Chineseness, in Goh et al (eds.), Race and Multiculturalism in Malaysia and Singapore, London: Routledge, 2009, pp. 53-69.
  • Introduction: Postcoloniality, Race and Multiculturalism, with Philip Holden, in Goh et al (eds.), Race and Multiculturalism in Malaysia and Singapore, London: Routledge, 2009, pp 1-16.
  • The Ideological Fantasy of British Malaya: A Postcolonial Reading of Swettenham, Clifford and Burgess, in David CL Lim (ed), Overcoming Passions: Race, Religion and the Coming Community in Malaysia Cultural Studies, Leiden: Brill, 2008, pp. 109-26. Description and contents. First two pages of chapter proof:
  • Protecting Chek Jawa: The Politics of Conservation and Memory at the Edge of a Nation, in Navjot Sodhi, Greg Acciaioli, Maribeth Erb, and Alan Tan (eds.), Biodiversity and Human Livelihoods in Protected Areas: Case Studies from the Malay Archipelago, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007, pp. 311-29. Description and contents. First two pages of chapter proof:


  • Race and Multiculturalism in Malaysia and Singapore, with Matilda Gabrielpillai, Philip Holden and Gaik Cheng Khoo (eds.), London: Routledge, forthcoming in June 2009. Description and contents. First few pages of introduction from book proof:


  • "Neopatrimonialism and the Postcolonial Periphery: Colonialism, Culture and Class Struggle in the Making of the Third World," for the International Conference on "Lineages of Patrimonial Politics, Then and Now", Yale University, 9-10 May 2008.

Other Information Top

Requests for Interviews

Please approach me for interviews in my professional capacity as sociologist only.

I do not accept requests for interviews from students and graduate students, only journalists. My reason for not accepting requests for interviews from students and graduate students is because I believe you should be going out to collect actual data rather than second-hand opinions from an "expert". If you hope to interview me because you are studying sociology as a disciplinary and institutional field, then my reason for not accepting the request is because I don't believe in navel-gazing until I am 80 years old (if I live that long). In any case, Max Weber has already said all that is to be said with "Science as a Vocation", at least until the next era (yes, we are still stuck in modernity). Please forgive me if I don't reply to your emails requesting interviews, as my mailbox is constantly flooded and causes unnecessary overwork. 


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