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Harold Wilensky

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780520231764

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520231764.001.0001

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Theories of the Postindustrial Society

Theories of the Postindustrial Society

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(p.186) 4 Theories of the Postindustrial Society
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Rich Democracies
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HAROLD L. WILENSKY

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520231764.003.0004

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

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