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

Examples of deindustrialization in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In response to capital flight and deindustrialization, the city entered into a Faustian pact with bankers, real estate tycoons, developers, and other elite sectors who robbed the city blind at the level of city planning and land use policy. Francisco Pérez, The New Republic, "The End of Housing As We Know It," 31 July 2020 Specifically, that a U.S. surplus labor force emerged after deindustrialization, globalization and a rise in workplace automation. Beth Py-lieberman, Smithsonian Magazine, "Smithsonian Scholars Recommend Books, Films and Podcasts About Race," 11 June 2020 In Ohio, white people and black people alike have been hit hard by deindustrialization, austerity measures, and now COVID-19 (though the pandemic has hit black populations harder). Jack Shuler, The New Republic, "Can the White People of Small-Town America Get Behind the Movement for Black Lives?," 2 July 2020 Police and prosecutors contained the social disorder emerging in part from poverty, inequality, and deindustrialization by constantly hassling the poor and shoving millions of them in prison out of sight of middle-class suburbanites. Ryan Cooper, TheWeek, "The fight against police abuse must include economic equality," 15 June 2020 State governments built prisons in rural areas that were often experiencing deindustrialization or agricultural restructuring with the promise of new jobs. Jack Norton, The New York Review of Books, "Cut the Carceral System Now," 6 June 2020 The work ethic persists through impoverishment, unemployment, deindustrialization driven by pools of cheap labor elsewhere, and the de-skilling that is the effect of all these declines. Marilynne Robinson, The New York Review of Books, "What Kind of Country Do We Want?," 27 May 2020 Its depictions of a community crushed by deindustrialization help explain populist rage against economic elites. New York Times, "10 New Books We Recommend This Week," 14 May 2020 In time, rapid European industrialization led to more than a century of deindustrialization in India and, in many cases, a painful return to rural subsistence., "Robots Pose Biggest Risk to the Poorest Countries," 29 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of deindustrialization

1940, in the meaning defined above

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“Deindustrialization.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Oct. 2020.

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