[Blueboard] Possible Worlds in Impossible Spaces by Dr. Czarina Saloma-Akpedonu

Mary Anne S. San Agustin msanagustin at ateneo.edu
Fri Aug 18 08:43:51 PHT 2006

  "Possible Worlds in Impossible Spaces: by Dr. Czarina
Saloma-Akpedonu, will be launched on Friday, August 25,
2006, from 4.30 pm, at the Conference Rooms 1 and 2, 2F
Social Sciences bldg., Ateneo de Manila University, Loyola
Heights, Quezon City. Dr. Akpedonu teaches at the Loyola
Schools' Department of Sociology and Anthropology.

  This pioneering book examines more closely changes in the
global division of labor, particularly in the field of IT.
The book organizes the global IT industry into three
groups: the technological elite, IT companies and
professionals that provide the framework and infrastructure
to allow others to work on their own; intermediate
developers, IT groups and professionals who develop
products for everyday users  based on the work of the first
group; and consumers in various localities.

  The emergence of intermediate developers and technological
elite in the local  IT scene is unaccounted for in the
erstwhile "new international division of labor," a
framework that traditionally regarded countries like the
Philippines as mere sources of low-skilled labor and sites
of assembly activities. By looking at this new development
in the industry, through interviews and biographic studies
of hardware and software developers, technopreneurs and
professionals, as well as their everyday lifeworld, the
book provides a nuanced way of thinking about a global
network industry operating within a complex local setting.

  Possible Worlds in Impossible Spaces: Knowledge,
Globality, Gender and Information Technology in the
Philippines, is published by the Ateneo de Manila
University Press, and is available in bookstores as well as
the press bookshop (02-4265984; unipress at admu.edu.ph).

  (Many thanks for posting!)


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