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"This book stands out as one of the most provocative insights into the impact of the Global Information Age on all dimensions of the human experience. ... This book is a landmark in the area of human sciences."
– Fernando Henrique Cardoso, Professor Emeritus of Political Science, University of Sao Paulo, and Former President of Brazil
"Castells and Himanen ... participate in Amartya Sen's 'Intellectual Coup': not resources but access to resources define development, which is synonymous with Human Dignity, and the conditions of development are as much cultural and social as technological. This book will definitely make Dignity the most creative and respected word in the twenty-first century's vocabulary, as Solidarity was in the nineteenth and Reason in the seventeenth."
– Alain Touraine, Professor of Sociology Emeritus, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris
The book Reconceptualizing Development in the Global Information Age (Oxford University Press 2014) is a result of the work of an international research group whose members come from 5 continents:
Manuel Castells (co-director and editor)
Pekka Himanen (co-director and editor)
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You can read the beginning and the end of the book here: the Introduction rephrases the question of development in the information age and the concluding chapter "Dignity as Development" makes an argument for the goal of development in our time.
Table of Contents
Manuel Castells and Pekka Himanen: Introduction [PDF preview]
PART I: ANALYTICAL FRAMEWORK
1: Manuel Castells and Pekka Himanen: Models of Development in the Global Information Age: Constructing an Analytical Framework
PART II: CASE STUDIES
2: AnnaLee Saxenian: The Silicon Valley Model: Economic Dynamism, Social Exclusion
3: Pekka Himanen: Reconstructing the Finnish Model 2.0: Building a Sustainable Development Model?
4: Manuel Castells, Isidora Chacón, Pekka Himanen: Toward a Welfare State 2.0: Crisis and Renewal of the European Welfare State?
5: You-tien Hsing: Development as Culture: Human Development and Information Development in China
6: Nico Cloete and Alison Gillwald: South Africa Informational Development and Human Development: Rights vs. Capabilities
7: Fernando Calderón and Manuel Castells: Development, Democracy, and Social Change in Chile
8: Isidora Chacón: Pacifism, Human Development, and Informational Development: The Costa Rican Model
PART III: RECONCEPTUALIZING DEVELOPMENT
9: Fernando Calderón: Rethinking Human Development
10: Pekka Himanen: Dignity as Development [PDF preview]
Source: Development in the Information Age
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