Women in Kolkata’s IT Sector

Satisficing Between Work and Household

  • Zakir Husain
  • Mousumi Dutta

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Sociology book series (BRIEFSSOCY)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Zakir Husain, Mousumi Dutta
    Pages 1-19
  3. Zakir Husain, Mousumi Dutta
    Pages 21-48
  4. Zakir Husain, Mousumi Dutta
    Pages 49-73
  5. Zakir Husain, Mousumi Dutta
    Pages 75-96
  6. Zakir Husain, Mousumi Dutta
    Pages 97-119
  7. Zakir Husain, Mousumi Dutta
    Pages 121-129
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 131-133

About this book


Based on a survey of women workers in Kolkata’s IT sector, this book argues that growth of the IT sector has created a demand for skilled professionals. This has provided scope for highly educated urban women to create a space of self-expression and enjoy enhanced status and prestige within their families. These women workers carefully plan their career and daily activities, keeping in mind the need to balance diverse and conflicting needs of work and home. This kind of decision-making occurs outside the utilitarian framework and is better framed in terms of Herbert Simon’s ‘satisficing’ approach, which takes into account the bounded rationality of agents. Written in lucid, non-technical language, the book will be an invaluable addition to existing works on gender and labour studies, and will be of interest to social scientists undertaking research on gender, labour and the IT sector.


Balance of work and household Bounded rationality of agents Gender and IT Gender and labour in India Gender and labour in the Third world Gender in the information society Gender, technology and development IT sector in Calcutta IT sector in Kolkata Women in Indian software market Women workers in IT sector Women's employment in IT sector

Authors and affiliations

  • Zakir Husain
    • 1
  • Mousumi Dutta
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Humanities & Social SciencesIndian Institute of Technology KharagpurKharagpurIndia
  2. 2.Department of EconomicsPresidency UniversityKolkataIndia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Author(s) 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, New Delhi
  • eBook Packages Behavioral Science
  • Print ISBN 978-81-322-1592-9
  • Online ISBN 978-81-322-1593-6
  • Series Print ISSN 2212-6368
  • Series Online ISSN 2212-6376
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