de·​in·​dus·​tri·​al·​i·​za·​tion | \ (ˌ)dē-in-ˌdə-strē-ə-lə-ˈzā-shən How to pronounce deindustrialization (audio) \

Definition of deindustrialization

: the reduction or destruction of a nation's or region's industrial capacity

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deindustrialize \ (ˌ)dē-​in-​ˈdə-​strē-​ə-​ˌlīz How to pronounce deindustrialize (audio) \ verb

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The Democratic Party seems split on the question of how much of its resources should be directed toward certain voters, particularly white working-class men struggling with deindustrialization. Amy Davidson Sorkin, The New Yorker, "The Democrats’ Trust Exercise," 15 Sep. 2019 But the 1990s brought deindustrialization, the crack cocaine epidemic and mass incarceration. Los Angeles Times, "Locked out of L.A.'s white neighborhoods, they built a black suburb. Now they’re homeless," 9 Sep. 2019 But some of the same forces that had led to low wages are now contributing to the problem of deindustrialization. K.n.c., The Economist, "If capitalism is broken, maybe it’s fixable," 8 July 2019 Also influenced by the work of Robert Reich, these politicians stressed education and retraining as a way to address the problems of deindustrialization and make the United States a leader in the global economy. Lily Geismer, Vox, "Democrats and neoliberalism," 11 June 2019 Rapid deindustrialization, diversification of the population, and spread of liberal cultural norms had created the conditions for a new politics of nostalgia. William A. Galston, WSJ, "Slow Down and Try Not to Break Things," 31 July 2018 Skeleton Crew is part of a nascent body of work commenting on America’s deindustrialization. Julia M. Klein,, "'Skeleton Crew' at People's Light: Human relations in the workplace during the great recession," 18 June 2018 This is a region of small towns and rural attitudes, populated by communities that have felt the devastating effects of deindustrialization. Dan Balz, Washington Post, "Loyalty, unease in Trump’s Midwest," 10 May 2018 But at the very least, an ambitious public option for the internet would dramatically lower the cost for consumers and encourage outside investment in communities that have been hurt by deindustrialization. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "A Public Option for the Internet," 8 May 2018

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First Known Use of deindustrialization

1940, in the meaning defined above

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