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Eubanks, Virginia, 1972-
Digital dead end : fighting for social justice in the information age / Virginia Eubanks
Alternate Title Fighting for social justice in the information age
Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, c2011
book jacket
Location Call Number Status
 3rd Floor  HM846 .E93 2011    AVAILABLE
Subject(s) Technology -- Sociological aspects
Technology -- Sex differences
Technology and women
Social justice
Physical Description xxi, 266 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. 239-257) and index
Contents Four beginnings -- The real world of information technology -- Trapped in the digital divide -- Drowning in the sink-or-swim economy -- Technologies of citizenship -- Popular technology -- Cognitive justice and critical technological citizenship
Summary The idea that technology will pave the road to prosperity has been promoted through both boom and bust. Today we are told that universal broadband access, high-tech jobs, and cutting-edge science will pull us out of our current economic downturn and move us toward social and economic equality. In Digital Dead End, Virginia Eubanks argues that to believe this is to engage in a kind of magical thinking: a technological utopia will come about simply because we want it to. This vision of the miraculous power of high-tech development is driven by flawed assumptions about race, class, and gender. The realities of the information age are more complicated, particularly for poor and working-class women and families.-publisher description

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