SpringerBriefs in Sociology

Women in Kolkata’s IT Sector

Satisficing Between Work and Household

Authors: Husain, Zakir, Dutta, Mousumi

  • 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
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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.  

About the authors

Zakir Husain is Associate Professor in the Humanities and Social Sciences Department, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, West Bengal, India. After completing his doctorate in resource management, he has worked on education, health and gender issues. He has published extensively in journals like Ecological Economics, Social Indicators Research, Journal of Cultural Heritage and Economic & Political Weekly.

Mousumi Dutta is Associate Professor of Economics in Presidency University, Kolkata. She has worked and published extensively in areas of topical interest like built heritage, health and gender disparities. Her works have appeared in journals like Tourism Management, Journal of Cultural Heritage and Social Indicators Research.

Table of contents (6 chapters)

  • Women, Work and Agency: An Introduction

    Husain, Zakir (et al.)

    Pages 1-19

  • Women, Work and Exploitation: A Binary Perspective

    Husain, Zakir (et al.)

    Pages 21-48

  • Women and Work: Towards an Alternative Approach

    Husain, Zakir (et al.)

    Pages 49-73

  • Nabadiganta: Women Workers in Kolkata’s IT Sector

    Husain, Zakir (et al.)

    Pages 75-96

  • Agency and Satisficing in Kolkata’s IT Sector

    Husain, Zakir (et al.)

    Pages 97-119

Buy this book

eBook $39.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-81-322-1593-6
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Softcover $54.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-81-322-1592-9
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Women in Kolkata’s IT Sector
Book Subtitle
Satisficing Between Work and Household
Authors
Series Title
SpringerBriefs in Sociology
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Springer India
Copyright Holder
The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-81-322-1593-6
DOI
10.1007/978-81-322-1593-6
Softcover ISBN
978-81-322-1592-9
Series ISSN
2212-6368
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 133
Number of Illustrations and Tables
14 b/w illustrations
Topics