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Definition of Means of Production

(noun) The instruments and materials used to produce goods and services.

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Means of Production Pronunciation

  • IPA Pronunciation
    • American English
      • /minz əv prəˈdəkʃ(ə)n/
      • /minz əv proʊˈdəkʃ(ə)n/
      • /minz ə prəˈdəkʃ(ə)n/
      • /minz ə proʊˈdəkʃ(ə)n/
    • British English
      • /miːnz ɒv prəˈdʌkʃn/
      • /miːnz əv prəˈdʌkʃn/
      • /miːnz ə prəˈdʌkʃn/
  • Syllabification: (means of pro·duc·tion)

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Cite the Definition of Means of Production

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “means of production.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved August 20, 2019 (https://sociologydictionary.org/means-of-production/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

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

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

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “means of production.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed August 20, 2019. https://sociologydictionary.org/means-of-production/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“means of production.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 20 Aug. 2019. <https://sociologydictionary.org/means-of-production/>.