Reconceptualizing Development in the Global Information Age by Oxford University Press (Hardback, 2014)
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- DescriptionThe conditions in which 'development'-the process by which people, individually and collectively, enhance their capacities to improve their lives according to their values and interests-operates have significantly changed in the global information age, a period characterized by the techlogical revolution in information and communication, the rise of the networking form of social organization, and the global interdependence of ecomies and societies. This volume aims to redefine the means and goals of development in this new context: first, by characterizing the specific mode of development, informational development, that the authors consider to be the driver of the creation of material wealth in the twenty-first century; secondly, by reconceptualizing human development as the fulfilment of human wellbeing in the multidimensionality of the human experience, ultimately affirming dignity as the supreme value of development; thirdly, by examining the relationship between informational development and human development. After first setting out its analytical framework, the book brings together a diverse set of empirically-rich case studies to illustrate this investigation from across the globe-Silicon Valley, Costa Rica, Chile, South Africa, Finland, the European Union, and China-and concludes by attempting to reconceptualize development. It raises important questions and provides observations, including examining the concept of 'dignity as development', to contribute to a policy debate that should provide specific answers linked to the conditions of each society, and be enacted by democratic institutions in a concerted global effort to save humankind while there is still time.
- Author BiographyPekka Himanen is Professor at Aalto University in Helsinki and a Visiting Scholar at UC Berkeley. His books include The Hacker Ethic and the Spirit of the Information Age (2001) and The Information Society and the Welfare State (co-authored with Manuel Castells, OUP 2002). Himanen's work has been recognized with several awards, such as the World Economic Forum's respected Global Leader for Tomorrow Award in 2003 and his appointment by the WEF as a Young Global Leader in 2005. Himanen has advised leading global organizations and corporations from the United Nations to Silicon Valley companies, and is also a co-founder of the Global Dignity initiative.
- PublisherOxford University Press
- Date of Publication28/08/2014
- SubjectSocial Studies: General
- Place of PublicationOxford
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintOxford University Press
- Content Noteblack & white tables, figures
- Weight698 g
- Width162 mm
- Height240 mm
- Spine25 mm
- Edited byManuel Castells,Pekka Himanen
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