Political Economy and Information Capitalism in India: Digital Divide, Development and Equity

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In this theoretically and empirically engaging volume, the contributors demonstrate that despite the dynamism of India's software industry and the rhetorical flourishes of industry leaders, at present, the benefits of the revolution in information and communication technologies (ICTs) touch only the hundreds of thousands with the right skills and access. India still needs to do more to bring the benefits of ICTs to the hundreds of millions of its citizens still living in acute poverty. The contributors take stock...

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Overview

In this theoretically and empirically engaging volume, the contributors demonstrate that despite the dynamism of India's software industry and the rhetorical flourishes of industry leaders, at present, the benefits of the revolution in information and communication technologies (ICTs) touch only the hundreds of thousands with the right skills and access. India still needs to do more to bring the benefits of ICTs to the hundreds of millions of its citizens still living in acute poverty. The contributors take stock of the political economy implications of informational development in India.

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Ch. 1 Introduction : information capitalism 1
Ch. 2 ICTs and decoupled development : theories, trajectories and transitions 11
Ch. 3 The political economy of IT-driven outsourcing 35
Ch. 4 ICTs for the rural poor : civil society and cyber-libertarian developmentalism in India 61
Ch. 5 The perils of excessive export orientation 88
Ch. 6 Informational development in rural areas : some evidence from Andhra Pradesh and Kerala 109
Ch. 7 Building a 'soft region' on hard legacies : the informational economy in Andhra Pradesh, India 133
Ch. 8 The political economy of the Indian software industry 153
Ch. 9 Working with uncertainty in the IT industry 174
The political economy of informational development : a normative appraisal 196
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