SOC341H5 Chapter Notes -Invisible Hand

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The word manufacture literally means production by hand, and this is an apt description of how things were made for thousands of years. This mode of work began to be radically transformed around the middle of the 18th century, first in britain and then in many other parts of the world. The technological and organizational changes that were the basis of this transformation have been labeled the. The technological realm, one of the signifying features of the industrial revolution was the large scale use of external sources of energy. These new resources of power were used to operate a host of mechanical devices that augmented or took the place of human labour. Mechanization transformed many other industries; everything from pins to locomotives were made in large volumes through the use of innovative machinery. The majority of workers were treated as commodities with no personal stake in the enterprise that employed them.

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