Reconceptualizing Development in the Global Information Age by Castells, ManuelReconceptualizing Development in the Global Information Age by Castells, Manuel

Reconceptualizing Development in the Global Information Age

EditorCastells, Manuel, Pekka Himanen

Hardcover | September 28, 2014

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The 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 thetechnological revolution in information and communication, the rise of the networking form of social organization, and the global interdependence of economies and societies. This volume aims to redefine the means and goals of development in this new context: first, by characterizing the specificmode 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 toreconceptualize 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 institutionsin a concerted global effort to save humankind while there is still time.
Manuel Castells is University Professor and the Wallis Annenberg Chair in Communication Technology and Society at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. He is also Professor Emeritus of Sociology and of City and Regional Planning, University of California, Berkeley, as well as Director of Research in the Department of Soc...
Title:Reconceptualizing Development in the Global Information AgeFormat:HardcoverDimensions:360 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0 inPublished:September 28, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0198716087

ISBN - 13:9780198716082


Table of Contents

Manuel Castells and Pekka Himanen: IntroductionPART I: ANALYTICAL FRAMEWORK1. Manuel Castells and Pekka Himanen: Models of Development in the Global Information Age: Constructing an Analytical FrameworkPART II: CASE STUDIES2. AnnaLee Saxenian: The Silicon Valley Model: Economic Dynamism, Social Exclusion3. Pekka Himanen: Reconstructing the Finnish Model 2.0: Building a Sustainable Development Model?4. Manuel Castells, Isidora Chacon, Pekka Himanen: Toward a Welfare State 2.0: Crisis and Renewal of the European Welfare State?5. You-tien Hsing: Development as Culture: Human Development and Information Development in China6. Nico Cloete and Alison Gillwald: South Africa Informational Development and Human Development: Rights vs. Capabilities7. Fernando Calderon and Manuel Castells: Development, Democracy, and Social Change in Chile8. Isidora Chacon: Pacifism, Human Development, and Informational Development: The Costa Rican ModelPART III: RECONCEPTUALIZING DEVELOPMENT9. Fernando Calderon: Rethinking Human Development10. Pekka Himanen: Dignity as Development: The Cultural Link Between Informational and Human Development