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The Second Industrial Divide by Michael J. Piore
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Mar 08, 08

bookshelves: 08-spring, read-not-owned
Read in March, 2008

This book is very much a product of the early 1980s, and so some of the later chapters in particular seem out of date. But the core argument is still provocative, if partly proven incorrect. That argument is basically that the success of Fordist mass production / mass consumption in the 20th century was not inevitable, and it is unlikely to be revived. A potential next phase will bring back certain principles associated with earlier modes of craft-based production like smaller factories, more skilled workers, more flexible machinery, and more diversified markets.
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