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Reconceptualizing Development in the Global Information Age$
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Manuel Castells and Pekka Himanen

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780198716082

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198716082.001.0001

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South African Informational Development and Human Development: Rights vs. Capabilities

South African Informational Development and Human Development: Rights vs. Capabilities

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(p.140) Chapter 6 South African Informational Development and Human Development: Rights vs. Capabilities
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Reconceptualizing Development in the Global Information Age
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Nico Cloete

Alison Gillwald

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198716082.003.0007

This chapter analyzes the disconnect between informational and human development in South Africa, a country better known for its racial divides. Most commonly associated with apartheid is racism and oppression, but in addition the country also has to address the underlying problem of a lack of dignity and the tension between rights and capabilities. A brief overview of post apartheid economic growth, inequality and human development is followed by a slightly more detailed assessment of informational development (ICT and higher education). This assessment provides the context for analysing the South African development model, and some possible reasons for some of the negative developmental outcomes. It concludes by asking the question as to whether rights, and an associated culture of victimhood, is not undermining policies that are aimed at developing capabilities (substantive freedoms such as education, skills and health) to provide dignity in liberty.

Keywords:   dignity, rights, capabilities, ICT, higher education, developmental state, policy

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