Digital India and The Poor: Policy, Technology and Society

1st Edition

Suman Gupta

Routledge India
May 22, 2020 Forthcoming
Reference - 226 Pages - 1 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9780367438944 - CAT# 343233


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Digital India and The Poor examines how the poor are evoked in contemporary Indian political discourse. It studies the ways in which the disadvantaged are accounted for in the increasingly digitized political economy, commercial and public policy, media, and academic research.

This book:

  • Interrogates the category of the poor in India and how they have come to be classified in economic and policy documents over the past few decades;
  • Explores the influential digital education technology ‘experiments’ conducted in Indian slums from the late 1990s, now popularly known as the ‘hole-in-the-wall experiments’;
  • Discusses financial inclusion initiatives, predominantly as they converged between 2014 and 2017, such as the Jan Dhan Yojana, the Aadhaar Project, and the banknote demonetisation;
  • Presents a close study of the bearing of technology on domestic employment in India.

The book will be of great interest to scholars and researchers of South Asian studies, politics, political science and sociology, technology studies, linguistics and development studies.

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