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Gender and the Digital Economy

Gender and the Digital Economy
Perspectives From the Developing World

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264 pages | SAGE India
In the discourse on information and communications technologies (ICTs), the focus has been on the, sometimes negative, relocation of jobs from the developed world. This book focuses, instead, on the positive aspects of the introduction of ICTs and shows how they can empower women and make a difference in today's uneven development process. It illustrates, with case studies from Argentina, Morocco, India, Malaysia and the Philippines, how economic empowerment can change the position of women within their families and workplaces.

This book shows how to:

- distinguish between liberal and neo-liberal theoretical paradigms while analyzing `informational capitalism';

- interrogate the silence and ambiguity among scholars and practitioners regarding gender equality, ICTs and human development;

- avoid imposing canons of Western feminism in assessing the benefits of e-trade in societies where social norms are different; and

- incorporate feminist principles of inclusion, user-developer interaction and transparency while designing ICT initiatives.

Gender and the Digital Economy is an excellent resource for academic researchers, NGOs and industry analysists in the field of international development communication.

Swasti Mitter and Cecil Ng
Gender and Empowerment in the Information Economy
An Introduction


Swasti Mitter
Globalization, ICTs, and Economic Empowerment
A Feminist Critique

Martha Roldán
From 'Information' to 'Knowledge' Societies? Argentina in the Context of Engendered Regional Globalization
Czarina Saloma-Akpedonu
Female Spaces in the Philippines' ICT Industry
Govind Kelkar, Girija Shrestha, and Veena N
Women's Agency and the IT Industry in India
Cecilia Ng and Swasti Mitter
Valuing Women's Voices
Call Center Workers in Malaysia and India

Susan Schaefer Davis
Women Weavers Online
Rural Moroccan Women on the Internet

Isabel Zorn
Virtual Community Building for Networking Among Women
Dora Inés Munévar M and Juan Aburto Arrieta
A Political Goal of Communication Technologies

Gillian M Marcelle
Thinking BIG to Accelerate Gender Equality and Transformation in the ICT Arena

The biggest strength of this anthology is that it fills a gap in knowledge by presenting perspectives of women from developing countries as diverse as the Philippines, India, Malaysia, Morocco and Argentina….Throughout the collection, the authors acknowledge the multiple and intersecting oppressions of women as well as their specific positions in society, in a accordance with principles of Third World Feminism.

Book review, Asian Journal of Communication

Cecilia Ng

Cecilia Ng is Visiting Associate Professor at the Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok (Thailand). Earlier, she was Associate Professor at Universiti Putra, Selangor (Malaysia) and Research Fellow at the United Nations University Institute for New Technologies, Maastricht (The Netherlands). Cecilia has conducted research and published widely on gender, development and work, with a focus on globalization, technological change and women’s employment. She is an editor of the journal Gender, Technology and Development. More About Author

Swasti Mitter

Swasti Mitter is an international consultant on information and communication technologies (ICT) and gender. She was Chair of Gender and Technology at the University of Brighton, Brighton (UK) and Deputy Director of the United Nations University Institute for New Technologies, Maastricht (The Netherlands). She has been a Visiting Fellow at the Science Policy Research Institute of the University of Sussex, Brighton (UK), and at the Center for Women’s Studies at University of California, Los Angeles (USA). She has published widely on women and technology, and has advised major UN agencies and the World Bank. More About Author

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