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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

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

Pekka Himanen

Oxford University Press

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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