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The coming of post-industrial society; a venture in social forecasting.
Bell, Daniel.
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New York : Basic Books [1973]
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xiii, 507 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
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A 1976 forecast that predicts a radically altered social structure, within thirty to fifty years, by which a more sophisticated technology is employed to harness science toward more instrumental purposes.

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Daniel Bell, an American sociologist and journalist, studied at City College of New York and Columbia University. As a journalist he was an editor of Fortune magazine and later served on several presidential committees. His work as chairman of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences' Commission on the Year 2000 led to the publication of a collection of futuristic essays and discussions by some of the finest minds of the century. His teaching career included posts at Chicago, Columbia, and Harvard universities.

In Bell's best-known book, The Coming of Post-Industrial Society (1976), he analyzed the emerging role of information technology in the West. He was among the first scholars to realize that the production of information and knowledge would eclipse manufacturing in the developed world. Bell will be most remembered for his groundbreaking work in social change. He contended that new theories and models of decision making had to be devised to address the issues presented by an information-based society.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Table of Contents

The Axial Age of Technology Foreword: 1999p. ix
A Conclusionp. lxxxi
Foreword 1976p. lxxxvii
Prefacep. ci
Introductionp. 1
Chapter 1 from Industrial to Post-Industrial Society: Theories of Social Developmentp. 47
Chapter 2 From Goods to Services: the Changing Shape of the Economyp. 121
Chapter 3 the Dimensions of Knowledge and Technology: the New Class Structure of Post-Industrial Societyp. 165
Conclusionp. 262
Chapter 4 the Subordination the Corporation: the Tension Between the Economizing and Sociologizing Modesp. 267
Chapter 5 Social Choice and Social Planning: the Adequacy of Our Concepts and Toolsp. 299
Chapter 6 """"Who Will Rule?"""" Politicians and Technocrats in the Post-Industrial Society

p. 339

Coda an Agenda for the Futurep. 369
Conclusionp. 487
Name Indexp. 491
Subject Indexp. 499