Social Justice and Prosperity in a World City? Rethinking the ‘Flat World’ Thesis in Bangalore, India

Title

Social Justice and Prosperity in a World City? Rethinking the ‘Flat World’ Thesis in Bangalore, India

Authors

Michael Goldman

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Description

Bangalore, India has skyrocketed to prosperity in the global economy as a result of success and innovation in research and development (R&D). The Indian city has been equated to the ‘Silicon Valley’ of California because of its surge in high-tech development. Numerous multinational Informational Technology (IT) firms are flocking to the region in an effort to outsource their IT services and generate products at a cheaper cost. The Bangalore model is export-based and thrives on off-shore development directed at the United States firms and consumer markets. While it has created jobs and generated income to a certain extent, some argue that the Bangalore development model has not benefited the majority of the local population. Has this prosperity led to equity in Bangalore, which was once the prototype of the global south? Are the bold new changes occurring in Bangalore, India improving the living conditions of the majority? Or has this development model simply exacerbated socio-economic divides in the city? Is the ‘Bangalore model’ — solving ‘megacity’ problems with ‘world-city’ solutions“ helping to create sustainable and equitable cities in the global South?

Publication Date

10-2-2008

Keywords

social justice, equity, global south, development, research and development, global economy, Bangalore model, India, socioeconomic divides, sustainable cities

Disciplines

Asian Studies | Growth and Development | Income Distribution

Social Justice and Prosperity in a World City? Rethinking the ‘Flat World’ Thesis in Bangalore, India
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