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International Network for the Comparative History of Occupational Structure (INCHOS): Terminology

International Network for the Comparative History of Occupational Structure (INCHOS): Terminology

As Saito and Shaw-Taylor edited the chapters on individual countries for Occupational Structure and Industrialization in a Comparative Perspective, it became clear that the existing vocabulary used by economists, development economists, sociologists and economic historians was both too small and woefully imprecise to describe accurately the phenomena found in the historic record. One general consequence is that key terms like 'industrialisation' or 'modernisation' were used in very different ways by different authors and even by the same author. The absence of a satisfactory terminology for describing economic growth and development is a major obstacle to progress. The editors compiled a document suggesting more precise usages for key terms for authors which will be revised to form one of the introductory chapters of the book.