de·​in·​dus·​tri·​al·​i·​za·​tion | \ (ˌ)dē-in-ˌdəs-trē-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-​ˈdəs-​trē-​ə-​ˌlīz How to pronounce deindustrialize (audio) \ verb

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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 If India’s Silicon Valley is the tech hub Bangalore, then Calcutta must be its Detroit, a former economic powerhouse scarred by decades of deindustrialization. Maya Jasanoff, WSJ, "‘The Epic City’ Review: From Calcutta to Kolkata," 23 Mar. 2018 The prosperity of the postwar era gave way to a period of instability marked by sluggish growth, record inflation, high oil prices, deindustrialization and foreign competition. Sascha Cohen, Smithsonian, "How Archie Bunker Forever Changed in the American Sitcom," 21 Mar. 2018 Our Linehan Artists Scholars and students in our BreakingGround civic engagement program use the arts and humanities to help address problems in Baltimore and other cities, including documenting the impact of deindustrialization. Freeman Hrabowski, The Atlantic, "The Secret Behind the Greatest Upset in College Basketball History," 18 Mar. 2018 If industrialization caused an opium epidemic, deindustrialization is no small part of what’s fueling our opioid surge. Andrew Sullivan, Daily Intelligencer, "This nation pioneered modern life. Now epic numbers of Americans are killing themselves with opioids to escape it.," 20 Feb. 2018

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1940, in the meaning defined above

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