The Post Industrial World Term Paper by Kien

The Post Industrial World
A discussion on the characteristics and motivations of the post industrial society.
# 153545 | 2,709 words | 10 sources | APA | 2013 | KE
Published on Jun 12, 2013 in Sociology (General)

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The paper discusses the motivation to work in the post industrial society and identifies characteristics of both the post industrial society and the industrial society. The paper then compares the industrial and the post industrial societies and discusses how the post industrial society can hardly be deemed a leisure society. Finally, the paper describes the shift towards a post industrial society in many developed countries, that include the United States, United Kingdom, Canada and Australia.


From the Paper:

"In the post industrial society the moral reasons to work among people have been redefined to match the prevailing economic conditions. In the industrial society, it morally upright to pursue gainful employment as opposed to the pursuit of leisure. However, this moral obligation to work has waned as the world move to the post-industrial stage. This has been attributed to the introduction of social welfare systems in most post industrial societies where those who are jobless are entitled to unemployment benefits from the state. Consequently, this has eroded the moral dimension of work making it primarily economical. In effect people on unemployment benefit do not seek employment as they derive the power to consume from state allowances.
"Nevertheless, a significant number of people in the post industrial society still seek employment though under various motivations. Some perceive gainful work as central to their lives coming second to their families. However, this is not uniform in the post industrial society as it is varies across age and sex. Despite the economic motivations to work, some sections of this society still deem it a worthwhile endeavor. Thus, besides extrinsic financial rewards, intrinsic rewards such as satisfaction, enjoyment and sense of achievement also motivate them to pursue employment."

Sample of Sources Used:

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