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post-Fordism Line breaks: post-Fordism
Pronunciation: /ˈfɔːdɪz(ə)m/

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Definition of post-Fordism in English:


[mass noun]
The theory that modern industrial production should change from the large-scale mass-production methods pioneered by Henry Ford towards the use of small flexible manufacturing units.
Example sentences
  • As can be seen, French researchers remain skeptical about the unified nature of post-Fordism, flexible accumulation, and its spatial manifestation, the district.
  • These debates concern Marxist state theory; Fordism and post-Fordism; the regulation approach; the relevance of autopoiesis to Marxist analysis; and, most recently, critical realism.
  • But in post-Fordism, when the assembly line becomes a ‘flux of information’, people work by communicating.


noun& adjective
Example sentences
  • Throughout the post-Fordist debate, the flexible production system has been widely considered a viable alternative to the traditional Fordist production system.
  • The vulnerability of post-Fordist production processes to the power that international capital exerted over their financial and organisational contexts was also neglected.
  • And if these are truly new, then they are inimical to the quotidian exploitation of Fordist / post-Fordist present.
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