the Post-Industrial Society


In sociology, the post-industrial society is the stage of society's development when the service sector generates more wealth than the manufacturing sector of the economy.

Sociology is the study of social behaviour or society, including its origins, development, organization, networks, and institutions.

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The term was originated by Alain Touraine and is closely related to similar sociological theoretical constructs such as post-fordism, information society, knowledge economy, post-industrial economy, liquid modernity, and network society.

A post-industrial economy refers to a period of growth within an industrialized economy or nation in which the relative importance of manufacturing reduces and that of services, information, and research grows.

Network society is the expression coined in 1981 related to the social, political, economic and cultural changes caused by the spread of networked, digital information and communications technologies.

An information society is a society where the creation, distribution, use, integration and manipulation of information is a significant economic, political, and cultural activity.

The Collapse of Industrial Society (1of 2) by jim bo


They all can be used in economics or social science disciplines as a general theoretical backdrop in research design.

A research design is the set of methods and procedures used in collecting and analyzing measures of the variables specificed in the research problem research study.


As the term has been used, a few common themes, including the ones below have begun to emerge.


The economy undergoes a transition from the production of goods to the provision of services.


Knowledge becomes a valued form of capital; see Human capital.

Human capital is a term popularized by Gary Becker, an economist from the University of Chicago, and Jacob Mincer that refers to the stock of knowledge, habits, social and personality attributes, including creativity, embodied in the ability to perform labor so as to produce economic value.


Producing ideas is the main way to grow the economy.


Through processes of globalization and automation, the value and importance to the economy of blue-collar, unionized work, including manual labor decline, and those of professional workers grow in value and prevalence.


Behavioral and information sciences and technologies are developed and implemented.

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