Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An economic and social system based on industrial mass production, where the worker is paid relatively high wages in order to buy in large quantity the products turned out in mass production.

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Ford +‎ -ism, after American industrialist Henry Ford (1863–1947).

Examples

  • Breathtaking in scale and awe-inspiring in its ambition, Detroit Industry depicts the productive might of the system, given the eponymous designation Fordism, that was to propel Detroit, and in the process America, to global prominence after the Second World War.

    Vince Carducci: Revealing Detroit Photographically

  • He not only revolutionized industrial production, but also had such influence over the 20th century economy and society that his combination of mass production, high wages and low prices is still called "Fordism."

    Are Leaders Really Born?

  • Ford’s theories of mass production have been so influential that they are widely referred to as Fordism, but what many people don’t realize is that the assembly line piece of it is only half of the story.

    THE STORY OF STUFF

  • The combination of high wages and high efficiency is called "Fordism," and was copied by most major industries.

    WN.com - Business News

  • There are, after all, non-nihilist forms of capitalism such as Fordism and Social Democracy that attempt to instrumentalize it in order to generate broadly-shared prosperity - which should of course be the goal of any economic system, right?

    An und für sich

  • His innovative business concepts and practices, which had come to be known as 'Fordism', were associated with successful American capitalism and were greatly admired throughout Europe, especially in Germany -- where, as we shall see, his social views would also gain enthusiastic support.

    Israelated - English Israel blogs

  • In the end, neither Fordism nor workers' democracy had much role in the USSR, but both were fundamental to Soviet film-makers.

    Marx at the movies

  • Tagged with academia, labor, tenure, post-Fordism, what it is I think I'm doing, neoliberalism, from my cold dead hands

    Tenure Was a Moment « Gerry Canavan

  • With Fordism set into motion, people had the means to buy Stuff, but not yet the inclination.

    THE STORY OF STUFF

  • Glen Norcliffe, “Popeism and Fordism,” in Regional Studies 31 (1997), and Bruce Epperson, “Failed Colossus,” in Technology and Culture 41 (Apr. 2000), offer scholarly analyses of the transition from bicycle to car manufacture.

    The King's Best Highway

Comments

Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.