The Coming of Post-Industrial Society: A Venture in Social Forecasting

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In 1976, Daniel Bell’s historical work predicted a vastly different society developing—one that will rely on the “economics of information” rather than the “economics of goods.” Bell argued that the new society would not displace the older one but rather overlie some of the previous layers just as the industrial society did not completely eradicate the agrarian sectors of our society. The post-industrial society’s dimensions would include the spread of a knowledge class, the change from goods to services and the ...

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Overview

In 1976, Daniel Bell’s historical work predicted a vastly different society developing—one that will rely on the “economics of information” rather than the “economics of goods.” Bell argued that the new society would not displace the older one but rather overlie some of the previous layers just as the industrial society did not completely eradicate the agrarian sectors of our society. The post-industrial society’s dimensions would include the spread of a knowledge class, the change from goods to services and the role of women. All of these would be dependent on the expansion of services in the economic sector and an increasing dependence on science as the means of innovating and organizing technological change.Bell prophetically stated in The Coming of the Post-Industrial Society that we should expect “… new premises and new powers, new constraints and new questions—with the difference that these are now on a scale that had never been previously imagined in world history.”

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<:st> Reprint of a seminal work of social theory published in 1973 and cited in . This anniversary edition includes a new foreword by Bell (emeritus, social sciences, Harvard U.). Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780465097135
  • Publisher: Basic Books
  • Publication date: 7/28/1976
  • Series: Harper Colophon Bks.
  • Edition description: REISSUE
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 507
  • Sales rank: 1,335,910
  • Lexile: 1470L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.16 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 1.52 (d)

Meet the Author

Daniel Bell is the Henry Ford II Professor of Social Sciences Emeritus at Harvard University and Scholar-in-Residence at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is the author of editor of 17 books, two of which, The End of Ideology and The Cultural Contradictions of Capitalism, were listed among the 100 Most Influential Books since the Second World War (TLS, October 1995).

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Table of Contents

The Axial Age of Technology Foreword: 1999
Foreword: 1976
Preface
Introduction 1
Ch. 1 From Industrial to Post-Industrial Society: Theories of Social Development 47
Ch. 2 From Goods to Services: The Changing Shape of the Economy 121
Ch. 3 The Dimensions of Knowledge and Technology: The New Class Structure of Post-Industrial Society 165
Ch. 4 The Subordination of the Corporation: The Tension between the Economizing and Sociologizing Modes 267
Ch. 5 Social Choice and Social Planning: The Adequacy of Our Concepts and Tools 299
Ch. 6 "Who Will Rule?" Politicians and Technocrats in the Post-Industrial Society 339
Coda: An Agenda for the Future 369
1 How Social Systems Change 371
2 The Future of Science 378
3 Meritocracy and Equality 408
4 The End of Scarcity? 456
5 Culture and Consciousness 475
Name Index 491
Subject Index 499
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