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Definition of Industrial Society

(noun) A society based on mechanical labor, as opposed to manual labor, to create material goods.

Examples of Industrial Society

  • Baking loaves of bread in a factory as opposed to a small bakery that makes bread by hand.
  • Farms that harvest vegetables using machinery instead of human labor.

Industrial Society Pronunciation

Usage Note

  • Plural: industrial societies

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Cite the Definition of Industrial Society

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “industrial society.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved August 24, 2019 (https://sociologydictionary.org/industrial-society/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

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

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

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “industrial society.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed August 24, 2019. https://sociologydictionary.org/industrial-society/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“industrial society.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 24 Aug. 2019. <https://sociologydictionary.org/industrial-society/>.