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Author Dasgupta, Simanti, 1971- author.

Title BITS of belonging : information technology, water and neoliberal governance in India / Simanti Dasgupta
Published Philadelphia, Pennsylvania : Temple University Press, 2015
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Contents Machine generated contents note: 1. Politics of Distrust -- 2. Market Experiments and Peripheral Lives -- 3. Software Nation -- 4. Travails of Time -- 5. "The Black Box."
Summary "India's global success in the Information Technology industry has also prompted the growth of neoliberalism and the re-emergence of the middle class in contemporary urban areas, such as Bangalore. In her significant study, BITS of Belonging, Simanti Dasgupta shows that this economic shift produces new forms of social inequality while reinforcing older ones. She investigates this economic disparity by looking at IT and water privatization to explain how these otherwise unrelated domains correspond to our thinking about citizenship, governance, and belonging. Dasgupta's ethnographic study shows how work and human processes in the IT industry intertwine to meet the market stipulations of the global economy. Meanwhile, in the recasting of water from a public good to a commodity, the middle class insists on a governance and citizenship model based upon market participation. Dasgupta provides a critical analysis of the grassroots activism involved in a contested water project where different classes lay their divergent claims to the city"-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Computer software industry -- Economic aspects -- India -- Bangalore
Computer software industry -- Social aspects -- India -- Bangalore
Information services industry -- Economic aspects -- India -- Bangalore
Information services industry -- Social aspects -- India -- Bangalore
Neoliberalism -- India -- Bangalore
Political participation -- India -- Bangalore
Social structure -- India -- Bangalore
Water-supply -- Economic aspects -- India -- Bangalore
Water-supply -- Social aspects -- India -- Bangalore
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS -- Industries -- General.
Computer software industry -- Economic aspects.
Information services industry -- Social aspects.
POLITICAL SCIENCE -- Globalization.
Political participation.
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Anthropology -- Cultural.
Social conditions.
Social structure.
Water-supply -- Economic aspects.
Water-supply -- Social aspects.
Bangalore (India) -- Social conditions
India -- Bangalore.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1439912602