Daniel Greene

May 3, 2021

The Promise of Access

Technology, Inequality, and the Political Economy of Hope

MIT Press 2021

Why do we keep trying to solve poverty with technology? What makes us feel that we need to learn to code--or else? In The Promise of Access: Technology, Inequality, and the Political Economy of Hope (MIT Press, 2021), Daniel Greene argues that the problem of poverty became a problem of technology in order to manage the contradictions of a changing economy. Greene shows how the digital divide emerged as a policy problem and why simple technological solutions to complex social issues continue to appeal to politicians and professionals who should (and often do) know better.

Patrick Sheehan is a PhD student in Sociology at UT Austin studying work and careers in the digital economy.

Listen to more episodes on:

Your Host

Patrick Sheehan

Patrick Sheehan is a PhD candidate in sociology at the University of Texas, Austin.

Learn More

Also Hosted By Patrick Sheehan