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Theories of the Postindustrial Society

HAROLD L. WILENSKY

in Rich Democracies

Published by University of California Press

Published in print January 2002 | ISBN: 9780520231764
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520928336 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520231764.003.0004
Theories of the Postindustrial Society

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This chapter discusses theories concerning post-industrial society. It evaluates research evidence concerning the limits of the structural aspects of post-industrial theory and suggests that its account of industrial and occupational trends is too gross to be useful. It argues that the major structural and cultural trends in rich countries are better captured by convergence theory with its accent on the universal and specific effects of continuing industrialization.

Keywords: post-industrial society; theories; research evidence; structural aspects; industrial trends; occupational trends; rich countries; convergence theory; industrialization

Chapter.  12290 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Comparative and Historical Sociology

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