Sustainability of Rights after Globalisation is the result of the Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR)-supported research program, ‘Globalisation and Sustainability of Rights’. The thrust of this volume is on various concerns of globalization and its interface with rights.
The book talks about the interconnectedness of globalization with social and economic systems and how links develop with reference to both polity and common people's movements. The book provides a new way of understanding the constitution of rights with the help of micro-histories drawn from diverse fields, such as environmental rights, law, information, and labor studies in India.
The book examines how rights have been redefined in this era of globalization and how India is still plagued by the constant tension between ‘social’ yearning for democratic values and ‘economic’ competition for unhindered profits.
Chapter 5: Globalisation and Right to Information
Globalisation is not just an economic phenomenon. It affects all aspects of the present everyday life that depends so heavily on the worldwide flow of information and its technological/legal regimes. This, according to a host of scholars (Bell 1976; Lyotard 1984; Machlup 1962), is leading to the development of a new society, the ‘information society’, in which the creation, distribution, diffusion, use, integration and manipulation of information is a significant economic, political and cultural activity. In his celebrated book, The Postmodern Condition, Jean-François Lyotard (1984) has attempted to analyse, describe and chart the transition in Western advanced societies in terms of the new knowledge paradigm. He argues that the leading sciences and technologies—cybernetics, telematics, informatics and ...