CHET contributes chapter to new Castells book

CHET contributes chapter to new Castells book

Nico Cloete and Allison Gillwald were part of an international group of scholars, led by Manual Castells, who have attempted to reconceptualise development in the global information age. Their work was part of three-year project which saw the scholars meet regularly in San Francisco, Helsinki, Barcelona and Los Angeles. The outcome of the project is a new book, Reconceptualising Development in the Global Information Age, edited by Manuel Castells and Pekka Himanen, and published by Oxford University Press.

384 pages
234 x 156 mm
August 2014
Price: £25.00


About the book

The conditions in which 'development'—the process by which people, individually and collectively, enhance their capacities to improve their lives according to their values and interests—operates have significantly changed in the global information age, a period characterised by the technological revolution in information and communication, the rise of the networking form of social organization, and the global interdependence of economies and societies. This volume aims to redefine the means and goals of development in this new context: first, by characterizing the specific mode of development, informational development, that the authors consider to be the driver of the creation of material wealth in the twenty-first century; secondly, by reconceptualizing human development as the fulfilment of human wellbeing in the multidimensionality of the human experience, ultimately affirming dignity as the supreme value of development; thirdly, by examining the relationship between informational development and human development.

After first setting out its analytical framework, the book brings together a diverse set of empirically-rich case studies to illustrate this investigation from across the globe — Silicon Valley, Costa Rica, Chile, South Africa, Finland, the European Union, and China — and concludes by attempting to reconceptualize development. It raises important questions and provides observations, including examining the concept of 'dignity as development', to contribute to a policy debate that should provide specific answers linked to the conditions of each society, and be enacted by democratic institutions in a concerted global effort to save humankind while there is still time.

About the editors

Edited by Manuel Castells, University Professor and the Wallis Annenberg Chair in Communication Technology and Society, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, and Pekka Himanen, Professor, Aalto University, Helsinki


  • Manuel Castells, University Professor and the Wallis Annenberg Chair in Communication Technology and Society, the University of Southern California, Los Angeles.
  • Fernando Calderón, Director of the Program of Innovation, Development, and Multiculturalism, the National University of San Martín, in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
  • Isidora Chacón, Professor, the Information School, the University of Costa Rica.
  • Nico Cloete, Director of the Centre for Higher Education  Transformation, Cape Town, Extraordinary Professor of Higher Education, University of Western Cape, and Honorary Research Fellow, University of Cape Town.
  • Alison Gillwald, Executive Director of Research ICT Africa & Adjunct Professor University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business.
  • You-tien Hsing, Pamela P. Fong Family Distinguished Chair in China Studies and Professor of Geography, University of California, Berkeley.
  • Pekka Himanen, Professor at Aalto University in Helsinki and a Visiting Scholar at University California, Berkeley.
  • AnnaLee Saxenian, Dean and Professor, the UC Berkeley School of Information.

Table of Contents

Manuel Castells and Pekka Himanen: Introduction

1: Manuel Castells and Pekka Himanen: Models of Development in the Global Information Age: Constructing an Analytical Framework

2: AnnaLee Saxenian: The Silicon Valley Model: Economic Dynamism, Social Exclusion
3: Pekka Himanen: Reconstructing the Finnish Model 2.0: Building a Sustainable Development Model?
4: Manuel Castells, Isidora Chacón, Pekka Himanen: Toward a Welfare State 2.0: Crisis and Renewal of the European Welfare State?
5: You-tien Hsing: Development as Culture: Human Development and Information Development in China
6: Nico Cloete and Alison Gillwald: South Africa Informational Development and Human Development: Rights vs. Capabilities
7: Fernando Calderón and Manuel Castells: Development, Democracy, and Social Change in Chile
8: Isidora Chacón: Pacifism, Human Development, and Informational Development: The Costa Rican Model

9: Fernando Calderón: Rethinking Human Development
10: Pekka Himanen: Dignity as Development: The Cultural Link Between Informational and Human Development