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Peddlers of Information: Indian Non-Government Organizations in the Information Age

Tanya Jakimow
Peddlers of Information: Indian Non-Government Organizations in the Information Age
ISBN: 978-1-56549-442-8
$67.00
ISBN: 978-1-56549-441-1
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2012/206 pages/LC: 2011033764
A Kumarian Press Book

"Tanya Jakimow's book is necessary—if not pleasant—reading for all those within the Indian NGO ecosystem and an important contribution to the knowledge base of the same ecosystem."—Indian Tech Online

DESCRIPTION

Information and communication technologies (ICTs) are widely heralded as an opportunity for the poor to have greater access to information that can help them escape poverty, as well as an important tool for development agencies. But as Tanya Jakimow shows, the consequences of the "information age" often deviate greatly from our image of an interconnected, modern world. Peddlers of Information offers a critical look at how local NGOs in rural India are using ICTs, particularly the internet—and the implications that this has for development work and ideas about poverty.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Tanya Jakimow is lecturer in anthropology in the School of Social Sciences, University of New South Wales.

CONTENTS

  • Introduction.
  • A Place for NGOs?: Normative and Perverse Roles in the Information Age.
  • From Brokers and Translators to Peddlers of Information.
  • Hunting and Gathering in the Information Age.
  • The Rise and Fall of IVD: An Economy of Practices in the NGO Sector.
  • Information for Development: Cultivating Model Developing Citizens.
  • Knowledge About Development: Understanding Problems and Creating Solutions.
  • NGOs in the Information Age.