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Booktitle:

ICTs, Democracy and Development

A Critical Perspective on Network Theory and the Politics of Neo-Modernity: A Cross-National Study

VDM Verlag Dr. Müller (2009-05-07 )

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ISBN-13:

978-3-639-14292-1

ISBN-10:
3639142926
EAN:
9783639142921
Book language:
English
Blurb/Shorttext:
We are aware today that notions such as 'knowledge economy' and 'information society', which dominated the discourses of the 1990s, were ideological constructions. But for millions of people in poor parts of the world they still mean unfulfilled promises of progress and modernity in the face of a technological version of the Washington Consensus. This book wants to demystify these promises in light of critical theory and empirical evidence, so these people can move towards a more rational understanding of digital and interactive technologies in the context of their own political systems and development aspirations. Using comparative analysis between different nations, the book explores the links between ICTs, development and democracy. It aims to make a distinctive critique of the role of these technologies in society; identifying transformational elements, national realities and particular socio-economic, cultural and political conditions. In so doing, the book explores how ICTs has helped to construct a particular version of progress and modernity; one that more often than not excludes those who were supposed to help.
Publishing house:
VDM Verlag Dr. Müller
Website:
http://www.vdm-verlag.de
By (author) :
Jairo Lugo-Ocando
Number of pages:
212
Published at:
2009-05-07
Stock:
Available
Category:
Media sciences
Price:
79.00 €
Keywords:
ICTs, Development, democracy, Neo-Modernity, Latin America, Venezuela, UK

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