UNESCO-NIE Centre for Arts Research in Education (CARE)

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Tan Weilie
National University of Singapore
Dr. Vincent Chua
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The thesis was written for an Independent Study Module in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, NUS.
In recent years social networks have gained increasing attention in the research of arts and culture; they are often hailed as positive conduits to engender greater participation and success. Focus has largely been placed on their role in resource procurement. However, this ISM argues for a more balanced view on networks -- opportunity is only one side of the story, because social networks can also give rise to inequality. Thus far, the latter property has not been accorded sufficient attention in arts contexts (much less in local settings) and my paper aims to plug this gap, while still recognizing the merits of networks. By situating my scope in the music CCA scene in Singapore, I conduct social network analysis (SNA) on a varsity piano music group. This situates the CCA as a site of tension, whereby structure gives rise to both opportunity and inequality. I then discuss how this creates certain implications, such as the need for an informed and balanced approach in arts policy. I also discuss the potential of SNA in research on local arts communities.
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