Date of Award

Spring 2013

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


International Studies

First Advisor

Xiangming Chen

Second Advisor

Janet Bauer

Third Advisor

Zayde Antrim


The multitude of economic activity that encompasses the globalized world today provides a development channel for many countries; one such activity is the functioning of the Information Technology (IT) sector in India-particularly in Chennai and Bangalore. However, a significant downside in terms of displacement of people, rapid urban renewal and spatial inequality, streamlined educational opportunities arise because such a growth pattern is narrowly confined to a highly specialized sector. My focus lies in unearthing the critical facts of this monadic growth and in probing myriad socio-economic factors that affect these two cities in diverse ways. Some such elements include, but are not limited to, the rising power of the middle class in terms of newly acquired wealth—that influences areas they choose to live; social outlets they choose to visit; new sources of employment that are now available to them; and vocational skill sets they develop through training at technical institutes. This requires looking at the IT valley of India through a local-micro lens that detects catalysts that aid an understanding of the road to development that engulfs Bangalore and Chennai today on a global-macro level.


Senior thesis completed at Trinity College for the degree of Bachelor of Arts in International Studies.