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Definition of Deindustrialization

(noun) A process of change whereby industrial activity in a country or region is reduced or removed.

Example of Deindustrialization

  • Detroit, Michigan, United States: Once a thriving automobile city, car factories have closed and jobs have been outsourced to other countries, leaving swathes of decaying buildings and empty lots, and numerous people out of jobs or fleeing the city in search of work.

Deindustrialization Pronunciation

Pronunciation Usage Guide

Syllabification: de·in·dus·tri·al·i·za·tion

Audio Pronunciation

– American English
– British English

Phonetic Spelling

  • American English – /dee-in-duh-stree-uh-luh-zAY-shuhn/
  • British English – /dEE-in-duh-striuh-lie-zAY-shuhn/

International Phonetic Alphabet

  • American English: /diɪnˌdʌstɹiələˈzeɪʃən/
  • British English: /ˈdiːɪnˌdʌstɹɪəl(a)ɪˈzeɪʃ(ə)n/

Usage Notes

  • Plural: deindustrializations
  • Variant spellings:
    • deindustrialisation
    • de-industrialization

Related Terms

Works Consulted

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Cite the Definition of Deindustrialization

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “deindustrialization.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved May 24, 2024 (https://sociologydictionary.org/deindustrialization/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

deindustrialization. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/deindustrialization/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “deindustrialization.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed May 24, 2024. https://sociologydictionary.org/deindustrialization/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“deindustrialization.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 24 May. 2024. <https://sociologydictionary.org/deindustrialization/>.