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Gender and the Digital Economy
Perspectives From the Developing World

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November 2005 | 264 pages | SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd
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

 
 
PART ONE: THEORIZING GENDER, DEVELOPMENT, AND ICTS
A REALITY CHECK

 
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
 
PART TWO: GENDERED SPACES IN THE DIGITAL ECONOMY
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
 
PART THREE: THE POLITICS AND POLICIES OF GENDER AND ICTS
Dora Inés Munévar M and Juan Aburto Arrieta
Gender-Net
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

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