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andlt;Pandgt;The idea that technology will pave the road to prosperity has been promoted through both boom and bust. Today we are told that universal broadband access, high-tech jobs, and cutting-edge science will pull us out of our current economic downturn and move us toward social and economic equality. In andlt;Iandgt; Digital Dead Endandlt;/Iandgt;, Virginia Eubanks argues that to believe this is to engage in a kind of magical thinking: a technological utopia will come about simply because we want it to. This vision of the miraculous power of high-tech development is driven by flawed assumptions about race, class, and gender. The realities of the information age are more complicated, particularly for poor and working-class women and families. For them, information technology can be both a tool of liberation and a means of oppression.andlt;/Pandgt;andlt;Pandgt;But despite the inequities of the high-tech global economy, optimism and innovation flourished when Eubanks worked with a community of resourceful women living at her local YWCA. Eubanks describes a new approach to creating a broadly inclusive and empowering andquot;technology for people,andquot; andlt;Iandgt;popular technologyandlt;/Iandgt;, which entails shifting the focus from teaching technical skill to nurturing critical technological citizenship, building resources for learning, and fostering social movement.andlt;/Pandgt;

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andlt;Pandgt;The realities of the high-tech global economy for women and families in the United States.andlt;/Pandgt;

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The realities of the high-tech global economy for women and families in the United States.

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The idea that technology will pave the road to prosperity has been promoted through both boom and bust. Today we are told that universal broadband access, high-tech jobs, and cutting-edge science will pull us out of our current economic downturn and move us toward social and economic equality. In Digital Dead End, Virginia Eubanks argues that to believe this is to engage in a kind of magical thinking: a technological utopia will come about simply because we want it to. This vision of the miraculous power of high-tech development is driven by flawed assumptions about race, class, and gender. The realities of the information age are more complicated, particularly for poor and working-class women and families. For them, information technology can be both a tool of liberation and a means of oppression.

But despite the inequities of the high-tech global economy, optimism and innovation flourished when Eubanks worked with a community of resourceful women living at her local YWCA. Eubanks describes a new approach to creating a broadly inclusive and empowering "technology for people," popular technology, which entails shifting the focus from teaching technical skill to nurturing critical technological citizenship, building resources for learning, and fostering social movement.

About the Author

Virginia Eubanks is the cofounder of Our Knowledge, Our Power (OKOP), a grassroots anti-poverty and welfare rights organization, and is Associate Professor in the Department of Women's Studies at the University at Albany, SUNY.

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ISBN:
9780262518130
Subtitle:
Fighting for Social Justice in the Information Age
Author:
Eubanks, Virginia
Author:
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Publisher:
The MIT Press
Location:
Cambridge
Subject:
Aspects
Subject:
Gender Studies-Womens Studies
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Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Digital Dead End
Publication Date:
20120921
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 17
Language:
English
Illustrations:
27 figure, 8 tables
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 0.75 in

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Gender Studies » Womens Studies
Reference » Science Reference » Philosophy of Science
Reference » Science Reference » Technology

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"Synopsis" by , andlt;Pandgt;The realities of the high-tech global economy for women and families in the United States.andlt;/Pandgt;
"Synopsis" by , The realities of the high-tech global economy for women and families in the United States.
"Synopsis" by , The idea that technology will pave the road to prosperity has been promoted through both boom and bust. Today we are told that universal broadband access, high-tech jobs, and cutting-edge science will pull us out of our current economic downturn and move us toward social and economic equality. In Digital Dead End, Virginia Eubanks argues that to believe this is to engage in a kind of magical thinking: a technological utopia will come about simply because we want it to. This vision of the miraculous power of high-tech development is driven by flawed assumptions about race, class, and gender. The realities of the information age are more complicated, particularly for poor and working-class women and families. For them, information technology can be both a tool of liberation and a means of oppression.

But despite the inequities of the high-tech global economy, optimism and innovation flourished when Eubanks worked with a community of resourceful women living at her local YWCA. Eubanks describes a new approach to creating a broadly inclusive and empowering "technology for people," popular technology, which entails shifting the focus from teaching technical skill to nurturing critical technological citizenship, building resources for learning, and fostering social movement.

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