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Department
Sociology and Anthropology
Course
SA 250
Professor
Ann Travers
Semester
Spring

Description
Social theory, periods of rapid social change inspire some members of society to reflect critically on their circumstances. ⁃ Postindustrial economy is defined as a “productive system based on service work and the extensive use of information technology” ⁃ Changes in the way human societies produce their means of subsistence are generally characterized as revolutions. ⁃ Revolutions involve fundamental changes to economic and hence, to political and social activity. ⁃ The first revolution, the agricultural revolution, replaced a semi-nomadic hunting and gathering mode of production with one based on farming, the keeping of livestock, and sedentary communities. ⁃ This industrial economy has been overtaken by another revolution in productive technology; this time, the social, political, and economic changes are driven by information technology. ⁃ characterized by a shift in the importance of three productive sectors in the economy- the primary sector, the secondary sector, and the tertiary sector. ▪ The primary sector is based upon the extraction of raw materials from the environmental. ▪ This sector dominates in an agricultural economy. ▪ The secondary sector involves transforming such raw materials into goods. ▪ This sector dominates in an industrial economy. A postindustrial economy is characterized by dependance on the tertiary or service sector. ▪ The Postindustrial Revolution emerged as industrial societies
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