About the talk: Janaki Srinivasan has been invited to give a glimpse of her book “The Political Lives of Information”
Information has fundamentally reshaped development discourse and practice. This talk will examine the political implications of the idea of information for poverty alleviation. Drawing on ethnographic and archival research on three cases from India—the circulation of price information in a fish market in Kerala, the provision of government information in computer kiosks operated by a nonprofit in Puducherry, and a political campaign demanding a right to information in Rajasthan—the talk will counter claims that information is naturally and universally empowering. It will demonstrate, instead, how the production and leveraging of information — and its very definition — are shaped by caste, class, and gender.
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