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Alvin Toffler’s Acceptance about the Society on the Millenniums Threshold and Its Determinant Factors


  • Haller Alina-Petronela

    () (Romanian Academy, Iasi Branch)


In the present paper we analyse, from an epistemological standpoint, the phases of economic and social development in Alvin Toffler’s perspective. In his works, he analyses economy and society at three distinct levels, which he calls “waves”. In Toffler’s view, humankind passed through two such phases (waves) and presently it is prepared to enter the third one, the knowledge one. The way from the first to the current (third) wave was long and difficult, marked by deep changes in all domains as well as at a mental level. From an agrarian society, whose primary objective was subsistence, characterizing the first wave, we have now reached the stage of a society where knowledge comes to the forefront, the third wave, after having transited the industrial one, which has characterized the second wave. The risks associated to the second wave (the wave of industrialization) are certain causes of the shift of paradigm and of the more and more important emphasis on knowledge. If in the industrial society technology dominated both the economic and the social levels, in the knowledge society man will dominate technology and will have the control of the major directions of progress.

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  • Haller Alina-Petronela, 2011. "Alvin Toffler’s Acceptance about the Society on the Millenniums Threshold and Its Determinant Factors," Ovidius University Annals, Economic Sciences Series, Ovidius University of Constantza, Faculty of Economic Sciences, vol. 0(1), pages 925-929, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:ovi:oviste:v:11:y:2011:i:1:p:925-929

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    knowledge society; industrial society; development; growth; development waves;

    JEL classification:

    • A14 - General Economics and Teaching - - General Economics - - - Sociology of Economics
    • B29 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - History of Economic Thought since 1925 - - - Other
    • O11 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Macroeconomic Analyses of Economic Development


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