The term post-industrialism was first used by Arthur J. Penty
. Since then many different approaches have been brought to bear upon the nature, meaning and effects of post-industrial society
"The concept of the post-industrial society deals primarily with changes in the social structure
, the way in which the economy
is being transformed and the occupational system reworked, and with the new relations between theory
, particularly science and technology."
- Daniel Bell, The Coming of Post-Industrial Society, A Venture in Social Forecasting
"The US is not shifting from industry
to services but from one kind of industrial economy to another."
- Cohen & Zysman, "The Myth of a Post-Industrial Economy"
"Society is currently experiencing a revolutionary transformation
on a global scale ... a revolution in societal control
- James R. Beniger, The Control Revolution
disagree about what "post-industrial" actually means, there seem to be three main areas about which there is little dispute:
Centrality of Theoretical Information
Information and Services as Linkages
The Control Revolution