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The Coming of Post-Industrial Society: A Venture in Social Forecasting Paperback – July 21, 1976

ISBN-13: 978-0465097135 ISBN-10: 0465097138 Edition: Reissue

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  • Paperback: 616 pages
  • Publisher: Basic Books; Reissue edition (July 21, 1976)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0465097138
  • ISBN-13: 978-0465097135
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 1.4 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #278,206 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Daniel Bell is the Henry Ford II Professor of Social Sciences Emeritus at Harvard University and Scholar-in-Residence at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is the author of editor of 17 books, two of which, The End of Ideology and The Cultural Contradictions of Capitalism, were listed among the 100 Most Influential Books since the Second World War (TLS, October 1995).

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Simon Shedden on April 23, 2002
Format: Paperback
The Coming of the Post Industrial Society; A Venture in Social Forecasting by Daniel Bell
Daniel Bell is a renowned sociologist and post-Marxist, his prophetic book was first published in 1976 and republished in 1999 accompanied with a new foreword by the author. Since 1976 many of the concepts, theories and phrases Bell pioneered have become naturalised, universal conventions, and thus Bell should, most definitely, be considered a futurist.

This definitive book explores the `coming age' and evaluates how this new Post Industrial Society will alter the structure of society. As Bell openly concedes `the sociologist is always tempted to play the prophet and if not the prophet the seer' (Chapter 1). He does, however, explain that the `forecasting' he attempts is different from predicting. For, forecasting is only possible where there are `regularities and recurrences of phenomenon (and these are rare). It is only possible where one can assume a high degree of rationality on the part of the man who influences events-agreement to follow the rules'. And it seems that Bell's sociological background has given him the required understanding.
The new foreword shows considerable contemplation of the books success. Bell explains how there has been an unprecedented increase in the use of the phrase `post industrial society' but he is not complacent, rather he underlines the lack of `specificity as to what is connotes'.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jackal on March 7, 2011
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Only three reviews of this classic book? Since one of them is a one star review written by something that sounds like a marxist, I thought I should add some counter weight. This is an insightful book that talks about the coming of the service economy and the importance of knowledge for creating stratification in the new society. Bell actually has many positive things to say about Marx description of the capitalist system in the 19th century. Written 40 years ago, I would still consider it very readable; both in terms of style and content. Sure it belongs to the old school sociology, which certainly isn't trendy in academic sociology. Finally the author wrote an 80 page foreword in 1999 updating his views slightly.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By isabel b. de izquierdo on June 11, 2011
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The book is what I expected and the author explains all about post industry time in a very intelligent way. I needed it for my college studies and I found a reliable information.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Winston Smith 6076 on September 12, 2010
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This tome covers most socials and cultural aspects of a society in the throws of post industrialism. Interestingly, this text contains many of the social aspects we see today; society breaking into groups and disputing with other groups, extreme individualization, breakdown of civility, and disillusionment. While point forward, however, this work does not include elements of the knowledge society, in fact, I would postulate that this work only looks at post-industrialism and not toward knowledge-based societies. For what is does discuss and predict, it is quite accurate and probably.
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