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The Information Society and the Welfare StateThe Finnish Model$
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Manuel Castells and Pekka Himanen

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780199256990

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199256990.001.0001

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The Power of Identity

The Power of Identity

Identity Driving the Information Society and the Information Society Building Identity

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(p.127) Chapter 6 The Power of Identity
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The Information Society and the Welfare State
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Manuel Castells

Pekka Himanen

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199256990.003.0006

This chapter explores the relationship between a network society and identity. The chapter also examines the history of survival an information country in terms of culture, economy, biology, and politics. Another defining characteristic of Finnish identity is the so-called minority identity, the mentality where the citizens continue to feel that they are regarded as a minority in the world despite being considered as a majority. The second part of the chapter discusses the role of the welfare state and information society in connection with the identity of the people of the country. Finland's combination of welfare state and information society not only serves as a vehicle towards attainment of development, but also moulds the identity of its citizens as well. The old protestant ethic is now being replaced by the hacker ethic as the acceptable work ethic of the Finnish.

Keywords:   hacker ethic, information society, protestant ethic, minority identity, history of survival, welfare state, identity

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