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Post-industrial society is a concept in sociology describing a certain stage of society's development when the service sector generates more wealth than the manufacturing sector of the economy.
A few common themes are:
- The economy undergoes a transition from the production of goods to the provision of services.
- Knowledge becomes a valued form of capital.
- Producing ideas is the main way to grow the economy.
- Through processes of globalization and automation, the value and importance to the economy of blue-collar, unionized work, including manual labor (e.g., assembly-line work) decline, and those of professional workers (e.g. scientists, creative-industry professionals, and IT professionals) grow in value and prevalence.
- Behavioral and information sciences and technologies are developed and implemented (e.g. behavioral economics, information architecture, cybernetics, game theory and information theory).
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