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Titel: Gender and the Digital Economy: Perspectives from the Developing World

ISBN: 0761934103
EAN: 9780761934103
Sprache: Englisch.
Herausgegeben von Cecilia Ng, Swasti Mitter
SAGE PUBN

November 2005 - gebunden - 264 Seiten

Beschreibung

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.

Inhaltsverzeichnis

Gender and Empowerment in the Information Economy - Swasti Mitter and Cecil Ng
An Introduction
PART ONE: THEORIZING GENDER, DEVELOPMENT, AND ICTS
A REALITY CHECK
Globalization, ICTs, and Economic Empowerment - Swasti Mitter
A Feminist Critique
From 'Information' to 'Knowledge' Societies? Argentina in the Context of Engendered Regional Globalization - Martha Roldán
PART TWO: GENDERED SPACES IN THE DIGITAL ECONOMY
Female Spaces in the Philippines' ICT Industry - Czarina Saloma-Akpedonu
Women's Agency and the IT Industry in India - Govind Kelkar, Girija Shrestha, and Veena N
Valuing Women's Voices - Cecilia Ng and Swasti Mitter
Call Center Workers in Malaysia and India
Women Weavers Online - Susan Schaefer Davis
Rural Moroccan Women on the Internet
Virtual Community Building for Networking Among Women - Isabel Zorn
PART THREE: THE POLITICS AND POLICIES OF GENDER AND ICTS
Gender-Net - Dora Inés Munévar M and Juan Aburto Arrieta
A Political Goal of Communication Technologies
Thinking BIG to Accelerate Gender Equality and Transformation in the ICT Arena - Gillian M Marcelle

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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.
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