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Provides a new and more positive understanding of gender in the software industry in India
Gives important insight into the IT sector in Kolkata
Has an interdisciplinary and non-technical approach
Based on a survey of women workers in Kolkata’s IT sector, this book argues that growth of the IT sector has created a demand for skilled professionals. This has provided scope for highly educated urban women to create a space of self-expression and enjoy enhanced status and prestige within their families. These women workers carefully plan their career and daily activities, keeping in mind the need to balance diverse and conflicting needs of work and home. This kind of decision-making occurs outside the utilitarian framework and is better framed in terms of Herbert Simon’s ‘satisficing’ approach, which takes into account the bounded rationality of agents. Written in lucid, non-technical language, the book will be an invaluable addition to existing works on gender and labour studies, and will be of interest to social scientists undertaking research on gender, labour and the IT sector.
Content Level »Research
Keywords »Balance of work and household - Bounded rationality of agents - Gender and IT - Gender and labour in India - Gender and labour in the Third world - Gender in the information society - Gender, technology and development - IT sector in Calcutta - IT sector in Kolkata - Women in Indian software market - Women workers in IT sector - Women's employment in IT sector