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BITS of belonging : information technology, water and neoliberal governance in India / Simanti Dasgupta.
By: Dasgupta, Simanti.Material type: BookPublisher: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania : Temple University Press, 2015Description: xi, 214 pages ; 23 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781439912591 (paperback).Subject(s): Computer software industry -- Social aspects -- India -- Bangalore | Computer software industry -- Economic aspects -- India -- Bangalore | Information services industry -- Social aspects -- India -- Bangalore | Information services industry -- Economic aspects -- India -- Bangalore | Water-supply -- Economic aspects -- India -- Bangalore | Water-supply -- Social aspects -- India -- Bangalore | Social structure -- India -- Bangalore | Neoliberalism -- India -- Bangalore | Political participation -- India -- Bangalore | Bangalore (India) -- Social conditionsDDC classification: 338.47005095487 DAS
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
1.The Politics of Distrust
2.Market Experiments and Peripheral Lives
4.Travails of Time
5."The Black Box".
"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"--