On Wednesday, April 3, Dr. Gale T C Rigobert launched her book entitled ‘Bridging the Digital Divide? Prospects for Caribbean Development in the New Techno-economic Paradigm’ at the Hunter J. Francois Library, Sir Arthur Lewis Community College.
Much of the material contained in the book is extracted from the substantive arguments purported in her doctoral dissertation which bears the same title as the book.
Dr. Rigobert is adamant that the book is meant to provoke deeper interrogation of some of the core issues raised, rather than provide any set of truths about the phenomena discussed therein. The real value of the book, according to her, is that it raises provocative questions about many social and political phenomena that are incorrectly assumed as ‘givens’ in the politics of technology and development, especially in the context of small island developing states (SIDS) such as those of the Caribbean.
Dr. Rigobert offers policy prescriptions born out of a careful analysis of the historical and political evolution of the Caribbean, and the role which it occupies in the international division of labour (IDL). Any discussion on technology and development in the context of the Caribbean, she contends, is necessarily incomplete without adequate deconstruction of, and appreciation for the dialectical exchanges between and among states in the global political economy.
The book is a must read and scholars as well as students will find it thought-provoking and enlightening. Upon reflection and in Dr. Rigobert’s own words, the best outcome after one would have read her book, is to be so intellectually stimulated, that they too would be moved not only to feed their intellectual curiosity but to deepen the discourse which the book has initiated.
The book is available in local bookstores.
Should you require further information please contact Dr. Gale T C Rigobert at: 758 – 451- 4444 or via email at [email protected]