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Industrial society

society driven by the use of technology to enable mass production, supporting a large population with a high capacity for division of labour

In an industrial society, people use technology to produce a lot of things (mass production). This leads to a large population with an organized division of labour. This happened to the Western world during the Industrial Revolution. This replaced farming or agrarian societies of the pre-modern age.[1]

The US and many European nations are examples of industrial societies. China and India are also somewhat industrial but large parts of their populations still farm.[source?]


ReferencesEdit

  1. S. Langlois, Traditions: Social, In: Neil J. Smelser and Paul B. Baltes, Editor(s)-in-Chief, International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences, Pergamon, Oxford, 2001, pages 15829-15833,