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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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Dignity as Development

Dignity as Development

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(p.287) Chapter 10 Dignity as Development
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Reconceptualizing Development in the Global Information Age
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Pekka Himanen

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198716082.003.0011

This concluding chapter comes back to the question that has was raised at the beginning of this book: What is development in the Global Information Age? The chapter proceeds in three parts: first, it makes a philosophical argument on the ultimate goal of development, for “dignity as development,” using the elements of the development theories of John Rawls, Amartya Sen, and Joseph Stiglitz, and taking a step forward from there; second, it links this to the social scientific theoretical framework of the book about development in the Global Information Age; finally, as the question has also very significant practical importance– being discussed by e.g. the UN related to the Sustainable Development Goals—the concept of “dignity as development” is operationalized in a preliminary way with a Dignity Index that gives it also direct policy-connectivity

Keywords:   dignity as development, economic development, human development, cultural development, policymaking, philosophy of development, Amartya Sen, John Rawls, Joseph Stiglitz, UN Sustainable Development Goals

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