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ICTs and Indian Social Change
Diffusion, Poverty, Governance

Edited by:
  • Ashwani Saith - International Institute of Social Studies, The Hague, The Netherlands
  • M Vijayabaskar - Madras Institute of Development Studies, Chennai, India
  • V Gayathri - CEO, LabourNet Services, Bengaluru, India


April 2008 | 420 pages | SAGE India
ICTs and Indian Social Change: Diffusion, Poverty, Governance is the first book of its kind that puts together the optimistic voices of techno-idealists, critical social science perspectives on technology and a range of empirical material on the impact of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) on the lives of people. The book traces these processes across urban and rural spaces of work, consumption, e-governance, and highlights the new kinds of social identities they are fostering in India. It opens up an arena for dialogue between activists, technologists, policy makers and academia on using ICTs for development.

The book is a logical sequel to ICTs and Indian Economic Change: Economy, Work, Regulation that addressed the implications of the growth of ICT-based sectors in India for macro-economic development and industrial efficiency. This volume views the diffusion of ICTs in India primarily in the socio cultural realm. In responding to the pioneering voices of innovators in ICTs, it provides empirical and theoretical assessments and critiques of some of the important though often latent, premises that underlie these powerful initiatives.
 
Preface
Ashwani Saith and M Vijayabaskar
Introduction: ICTs and Indian Social Change-An Agenda of Concerns
Sundar Sarukkai
Culture of Technology and ICTs
Ashok Jhunjhunwala and Anuradha Ramachandran
Sustainable Internet Connectivity in Rural India
Rajesh Jain, Atanu Dey, Reuben Abraham and Vivek Padmanabhan
Two Mutually Reinforcing Applications of ICT for Socio-Economic Development of India
Ashwani Saith
ICTs and Poverty Alleviation: Hope or Hype?
T T Sreekumar
Decrypting E-Governance: Narratives Power Play and Participation in the Gyaandoot Intranet
Nirvikar Singh
Crossing a Chasm: Technologies, Institutions and Policies for Developing a Regional IT Industry
Vinod Pavarala
The Electronic Grassrooting of Democracy: A Case for Community Radio
Gopakumar Krishnan
Wired Watchdogs: How ICTs Are Aiding Civil Society to Enhance Public Accountability
Amit Mitra and A Didar Singh
Influence of Software Trade on Development of Web-Enabled Governance Initiatives: Comparative Perspectives of Indian and UK Experiences
Shirin Madon
Evaluating the Developmental Impact of E-Governance Initiatives: An Exploratory Framework
Piush Antony and V Gayathri
Ricocheting Gender Equations: Women Workers in the Call Centre Industry
M Vijayabaskar
Constructing Work and Identity Indian outsourced ITES Sector
Xiang Biao
Ethnic Transnational Middle Classes in Formation: A Case Study of Indian Information Technology Professionals
Peter Van der Veer
Virtual India: Indian IT Labour and the Nation-State
Ravi Sundaram
Uncanny Networks: Pirate, Urban and the New Globalisation in India
 
Index

The book brings together a set of papers on the relationship between new technologies and socio-economic divides, deployment of new technologies in governance and other public policy initiatives to overcome such divisions. It says that the services sector has arguably been the driver of India’s growth process in recent years. The contribution of IT related services to this phenomenon is widely acknowledged and well documented.

Press Trust of India

This…book…put’s together the optimistic voices of techno-idealists, critical social science perspectives on technology and a range of empirical material on the impact of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTS) on the lives of the people. It traces these processes across urban and rural spaces of work, consumption, e-governance, and highlights the new kinds of social identities they are fostering in India and opens up an arena for dialogue between activists, technologists, policy makers, and academia on using ICTS for development.

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Of value to those who seek urgent changes!

Hindu Business Line

It’s the first book of its kind that puts together the optimistic voices of techno-idealists and a range of empirical material on the impact of Information and Communication Technologies on the lives of people.

Mail Today

This collection of papers gives a useful overview of the contribution of information and communication technologies to India’s economic development…. The editors point to the importance of understanding the trajectory of growth in other low-income economies and the role of public policies in this direction.

Development Policy Review

As a volume dealing with information and communication technologies, with a focus on economy, work an regulation, the contents of this volume are fairly predictable-the role of the state, infrastructure provisioning, global competitiveness, diffusion of technologies, and the impact on labour markets and labour processes….the volume is excellent reference material.

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Ashwani Saith

Ashwani Saith is concurrently Professor of Rural Economics at the Institute of Social Studies, The Hague, and Professor of Development Studies at the London School of Economics. He has taught and researched on a range of themes in development studies, with a focus on processes and policies concerning poverty and socio-economic vulnerability, labour and work in unorganized/informal economies, rural development, rural industrialization and non-farm economies, migration, information technology, reform and transitions, and globalization processes and patterns. Regionally, his work focuses on Asia, especially on India and China. Dr Saith... More About Author

M Vijayabaskar

M. Vijayabaskar is Assistant Professor at the Madras Institute of Development Studies, Chennai. He has previously been a Visiting Fellow in contemporary Indian studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London, and a Research Fellow at the Indian Institute of Information Technology, Bangalore.In his professional capacity, Dr Vijayabaskar has been Project Leader, Diffusion of Information and Communication Technologies in India:  Labour Market Implications for Developing Countries., funded by the International Development Research Center, Canada and the Asia-Pacific Development Informatics Programme, Singapore; and has... More About Author

V Gayathri

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