Of all the social theories under discussion during the course of this book, and along with and as part of debates surrounding postmodernism, post-industrial society is arguably the most disputed. Despite widespread condemnation of its detailed underpinnings, in many respects it also remains one of the most influential of those theories. The emergence of a post-industrial society has fascinated social theorists in recent decades. The theorist par excellence of post-industrial society, as Frankel (1987) notes, is undoubtedly Daniel Bell. The sheer ambition and apparent comprehensiveness of Daniel Bell's liberal right-wing vision of a society undergoing massive social and economic change is indeed breathtaking, but what is of more interest here is that despite the overwhelming condemnation of Bell's ideas (which ...
A Post-Industrial Society?
A post-industrial society?