For decades, scholars, activists and social critics have grappled with how to characterize the economic shift that has transformed the United States—and, indeed, the world—since the 1960s. I have written elsewhere about the analytic challenge observers face in giving this change a name: postindustrial? Informational? Service? High-tech?
Daniel Bell and Alain Touraine were among the first out of the gate, noting the decline of manufacturing as a relative proportion of employment and speaking of the “postindustrial society” in the early 1970s… [Read More]