Fordism

Posted on April 13, 2010 by

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The term Fordism comes from the name Henry Ford who was the founder of the Ford Motor Company. Henry Ford was able to mass produce the Model-T efficiently enough that common people across America could afford their own automobile. He accomplished this productivity through means that include standardization, assembly lines, and decomposing complex tasks into simple ones that required little skill. Fordism can mean more than simply the application of these principles, however. It can refer to the description of a society characterized by the mass production of goods and the consumption of them. This is directly relevant to classifying a society’s advancement and economic maturity, and it can also be intertwined in political viewpoints.