Teo You Yenn

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  • an excerpt from This Is What Inequality Looks Like


Teo You Yenn received her PhD in Sociology from the University of California at Berkeley. She is Associate Professor and Provost’s Chair in Sociology at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.

You Yenn has published numerous journal articles, book chapters, and op-eds. She is also the author of two books—Neoliberal Morality in Singapore: How family policies make state and society (Routledge, 2011) and more recently, This Is What Inequality Looks Like (Ethos Books, 2018). The latter is a book of essays based on ethnographic research on poverty and inequality in contemporary Singapore. 

The book brought discussions about poverty, inequality, education and meritocracy, social policy and dignity, into the public spotlight. It has been received positively by critics and reviewers alike. The book has been cited in parliament and featured on New Mandala, the National Reading Movement, Singapore Unbound, and Singapore Policy Journal. You Yenn has appeared on Channel NewsAsia’s On The Record and in various public events to discuss topics relating to the book. This Is What Inequality Looks Like was one of the bestselling nonfiction books of 2018. It has sold 25,000 copies to date. 

You Yenn is recipient of NTU’s Nanyang Education Award (2013) and the American Sociological Association Sex and Gender Section’s Feminist Scholar Activist Award (2016). In 2018, for her contribution of igniting a national conversation on poverty and inequality with her book This is What Inequality Looks Like, she was named a Finalist in the Straits Times Singaporean of the Year Award.

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