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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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Rethinking Human Development

Rethinking Human Development

(p.246) (p.247) Chapter 9 Rethinking Human Development
Reconceptualizing Development in the Global Information Age

Fernando Calderón

Oxford University Press

This chapter argues that the current goal of human development is the autonomy and dignity of people. From this point it is possible to analyze processes and developing policies. This goal would constitute the main demand of the people who seek new ways of life in the cultural, institutional, socio-economical, ecological, and political forms. Dignity would give a new meaning to development. For this, the chapter proposes the idea of a “human development agency.” The chapter culminates with a corollary about the pedagogy of the proposal. The argument is supported in the approach of the sociology of the actor and in the concepts and empirical findings of human development reports, particularly in the global reports and some regional and national reports promoted by the United Nations in which the author has participated. This chapter is also based on the discussions of the group that has worked on the project

Keywords:   ethics and dignity, social actors, human development agency, informationalism, social inclusion, social conflict

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