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` To what extent can Britain be described as a Post-industrial society? `

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` To what extent can Britain be described as a Post-industrial society? ` Industrial society is where the society organises production and where work is divided into specialised tasks and co-ordinated by managers. The industrial society is characterised by large scale manufacture centred upon factories employing large numbers of workers, who due to restricted access to transport, live and play in close proximity. Products and services are also provided for leisure time- the production itself was transformed through introduction of power driven machinery. ...read more.

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However does this necessarily mean that society can be described as being post-industrial? According to Bell the past has always focused on knowledge as a central part of production as it creates more productive and efficient machinery therefore post industrial society cannot necessarily be said to be occurring. One other way of seeing this is the emergence of post-Fordism and Mcdonaldization. Post-Fordism refers to the way production has been reorganised to meet requirements of quality, diversity and innovation. It involved inter-related changes in the organisation of work, personal policies and industrial relations. ...read more.

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this then becomes a world wide trend. One of the main reasons given in support of the idea that this is now a post-industrial society has been the occupational structure of modern society as seen above. Also the move to service economy meant that manufacturing jobs had been overtaken. However what is failed to be noticed is that the growth of services in industrial society such as childcare, counselling and social security has not really changed and the factor that mental ability was used then in times of industrialisation shows that there really has not been an emergence of Post-industrial society. ...read more.

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