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Post Industrial Society

Post Industrial Society

Four Volume Set
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October 2010 | 1 592 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

The idea of 'post-industrial society' and a constellation of related terms, such as 'service society', 'knowledge society', and 'information society', achieved a prominent place in debates in sociology from the 1970s as analysts sought to make sense of the ways in which modern forms of life were being transformed. The central thesis, outlined in the influential works of American sociologist Daniel Bell, is that economic life, production, and the world of work have been transformed by the introduction of innovations in information technology. In particular, that in the second half of the twentieth century in the more highly developed societies, employment in manufacturing declined and professional, technical and other service occupations has increased in number as developments in theoretical knowledge, information technology, and communications became the initiators of change. These developments have had significant ramifications for the global economy and an increasingly globalized division of labor; inequality, poverty, and social exclusion as differential access to information technology has led to a 'digital divide'; the nature of work and working patterns; the education system, and much else besides.

This major collection brings together contributions on post-industrial society and the 'techno-economic' realm from an impressive range of key thinkers, including Marx, Penty, Riesman, Bell, Castells, Touraine, Dahrendorf, Giddens, Gorz and Lyotard. The 80 papers collected in the volumes outline the emergence, development, and historical roots of post-industrialism; critically engage with the thesis and related themes; explore economic and political dimensions, as well as the related notions of information and knowledge society; draw attention to the military-industrial roots of information technology; and in addition give consideration to other 'post-industrial' matters involving architecture and design, urban spaces, and increasingly important issues associated with surveillance and the environment.

Introductory Essay: Post-Industrial Society and Information Technology

Barry Smart
Section One: Post-industrialism: Genealogy Before Bell
'The Chapter on Capital' And 'The Chapter on Capital (Continuation)'

Karl Marx
Extracts from Post-Industrialism

Arthur Penty
Arthur Penty's Post-industrial Utopia

David Lyon
A Postindustrial Prelude to Postcolonialism: John Ruskin, William Morris, and Gandhism

Patrick Brantlinger
Leisure and Work in Postindustrial Society

David Riesman
Is There a Post-Industrial Revolution?

Norman Birnbaum
Optimism of the Mind: Imagining postindustrial society in the 1960s and 1970s

Howard Brick
Section Two: Post-industrial Society Thesis
Daniel Bell
Notes on the Post-Industrial Society (I)
Daniel Bell
Notes on the Post-Industrial Society (II)
Daniel Bell and Christopher Lasch
An Exchange On Post-Industrial Society
A Postmortem on Daniel Bell's Postindustrialism

Laurence Veysey
Mr. Veysey's Strabismus

Daniel Bell
The Axial Age of Technology Foreword 1999

Daniel Bell
Section Three: Alternative Views and Criticisms
The Programmed Society and Its Sociology

Alain Touraine
Toward A Theory of Post-Industrial Society

Christopher Lasch
Three Authors in Search of a Proletariat

Thomas Bottomore
Critique of Technocratic Theories

Anthony Giddens
The Service Economy and Postindustrial Society: A sociological critique

Manuel Castells
Daniel Bell's Concept of Post-Industrial Society: Theory, myth and ideology

Victor Ferkiss
The Post-Industrial Society?

Ralf Dahrendorf
Post-Industrial Discourses

Andrew Feenberg
Theory, Culture and Post-Industrial Society

Margaret Archer
Section Four: Economic Issues
The Second Industrial Revolution, 1870-1914

Joel Mokyr
The Third Industrial Revolution: Technology, productivity and income inequality

Jeremy Greenwood
Economic Problems of A Post-Industrial Society

Robert L Heilbroner
New Productive Forces and the Contradictions of Contemporary Capitalism: A Post-Industrial Perspective

Fred Block and Larry Hirschhorn
The Post-Industrial Revolution

Andre Gorz
Managing Professionals: Ideological Proletarianization and Post-Industrial Labor

Charles Derber
The Nature and Design of Post-Industrial Organizations

George Huber
Post-Industrial Development and the Obsolescence of Economic Categories

Fred Block
Economic Culture in Post-Industrial Society: Orientation toward growth, work and technology

Ephraim Yuchtman-Yaar
Post-Industrial Society and Economic Security

Jean-Baptiste de Foucauld
That the Lumpen Should Rule: Vulgar capitalism in the post-industrial age

Paul G Buchanan
Skill Saturation: Rationalization and post-industrial work

Aneesh Aneesh
Professionals and the 'Knowledge Economy': Rethinking the theory of postindustrial society

Steven Brint
From Pong to Planet Quake: Post-Industrial transitions from leisure to work

Hector Postigo
The Political Economy of Post-Industrial Capitalism

George Liagouras
Interview on Postindustrialism and the Future of the Welfare State

Gosta Esping-Andersen
Section Five: Political issues
Postindustrial Politics: How benign will it be?

Samuel P. Huntington
Power, Politics, and Personality in "Post-Industrial Society"

Stanley Rothman and Robert S. Lichter
The Perils of Postindustrialism

Richard Gillam
Class Contradictions and Social Cleavages in Informationalizing Post-Industrial Societies: On the rise of new social movements

Timothy W. Luke
Quest for Peace from Pre to Post-Industrial Society

S.R. Sen
The 1994 Congressional Elections: The postindustrial realignment continues

Everett Carll Ladd
'Post-Industrial Society' and the Psychology of the American Far Right, 1950-74

Kendrick Oliver
From 'Post-Industrialism' to 'Information Society': A new social transformation

David Lyon
Section Six: Information society and technology
The Social Framework of the Information Society

Daniel Bell
Daniel Bell's Theory of the Information Society

Alistair Duff
Materials for an Exploratory Theory of the Network Society

Manual Castells
Deciphering Information Technologies: Modern societies as networks

Nico Stehr
Empirical Study of the Information Society: Comparative analysis of employment in G7 countries, 1920 to 2000

Yuko Aoyama and Manuel Castells
The (Dis)information Society?

Jean-Claude Guedon
The Telescoping Of Industrial and Post-Industrial Activities

Paul Virilio
The Daydreams of Ipod Capitalism

Rob Wilkie
Considerations on Miniaturization

Charles C Gordon
Section Seven: Knowledge Society, Scholarship and the University
The Menace of Liberal Scholarship

Noam Chomsky
'The Field: Knowledge in Computerized Societies' and 'The Problem: Legitimation'

Jean-Francois Lyotard
'Performance', The Future of the University and 'Post-industrial' Society

Michael Peters
The Concept of Knowledge Societies

Nico Stehr
The Promise of a Knowledge Economy

Hetan Shah and Martin McIvor
Section Eight: Military-(post)industrial Complex
Military-Industrial Complex Speech

Dwight Eisenhower
Technology and the Military

Barry Smart
The Military-Academic Complex: Who's the real national champion?

Nicholas Turse
The Runaway Military Budget: An analysis

Christopher Hellman
The Militarization of US Higher Education after 9/11

Henry Giroux
The Information Army

Thomas K Adams
Section Nine: Surveillance
The New American School: Preparation for post-industrial discipline

Aaron Kupchik and Torin Monahan
Technologies of Surveillance

Kiyoshi Abe
A Report on the Surveillance Society

David Murakami Wood
Dealing with Disorder: Social control in the post-industrial city

Katherine Beckett and Steve Herbert
Section Ten: Environment
Ecological Post-Industrialism

Barry Smart
European Cities, the Informational Society, and the Global Economy

Manuel Castells
Postindustrial Spaces

Scott Lash and John Urry
'Line of Wreckage': Towards a post-industrial environmental aesthetics

Jonathan Maskit
New Urbanism as a Counter-Project to Post-Industrialism

Ellen Dunham-Jones
The Post-Industrial Home

Gregory Demchak
Section Eleven: Post-industrial Futures
The World and the United States in 2013

Daniel Bell
The Fragility of the Future

Nico Stehr

Barry Smart

Barry Smart is Professor of Sociology at the University of Portsmouth and has longstanding research interests in the fields of social theory, political economy, and philosophy. His research interests include critical social research ethics; higher education; and collaborative work on veganism, ethics, lifestyle and environment.  More About Author