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place of production characterized by wage labor, the use of machinery, and the division of labor. The large-scale use of machinery differentiates factory production from simple manufacture, and the division of labor sets it apart from even the most elaborate handicraft establishments. Standardized goods are produced and sometimes sold more cheaply by the factory system, and occasionally the goods are better than those made by artisans. The factory system makes possible huge increases in output per man-hour though at the same time division of labor deprives individual workers of much of their sense of creativity. However, in the 19th and first half of the 20th cent., the factory system gave rise to serious social problems, some of which persist. The tedious routine of assembly line work resulted in boredom and frustration among the workers; this could reduce productivity and product quality. The concentration of large plants and factories in urban areas also helped create urban congestion, pollution, slum dwellings and traffic jams. To minimize these problems, employers have attempted to increase productivity and quality of product by introducing robots to perform some of the tedious operations, by introducing systems that reduce the tedium of assembly line work, and by involving workers in the plant management. Since the 1960s, the closing of factories in urban areas in the United States has reduced environmental pollution and other social problems associated with factories, but has also created decreased employment opportunities for unskilled workers. Since the 1960s, factory production has been globalized, creating goods that are assembled in more than one country. Global production has also induced multinational corporations to move their factories out of industrial countries to areas with lower overhead and cheaper labor. Because of the importance of factories to an area's economy, local governments in the United States have offered subsidies to encourage companies to build or maintain factories in their areas. In 1988, Congress passed legislation requiring large employers to provide notice before closing a plant. See automationautomation,
automatic operation and control of machinery or processes by devices, such as robots that can make and execute decisions without human intervention. The principal feature of such devices is their use of self-correcting control systems that employ feedback, i.e.
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 and division of labordivision of labor,
in economics, the specialization of the functions and roles involved in production. Division of labor is closely tied with the standardization of production, the introduction and perfection of machinery, and the development of large-scale industry.
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See J. Tann, The Development of the Factory (1970); R. Linhart, The Assembly Line (1981); D. Gordon et al., Segmented Work, Divided Workers: The Historical Transformation of Labor in the United States (1982); D. Hounshell, The Development of Manufacturing Technology in the U.S. (1984); D. Noble, Forces of Production: A Social History of Industrial Automation (1985); M. Kranzberg, By the Sweat of Thy Brow (1986). See also bibliography under Industrial RevolutionIndustrial Revolution,
term usually applied to the social and economic changes that mark the transition from a stable agricultural and commercial society to a modern industrial society relying on complex machinery rather than tools.
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A building or group of buildings containing machinery and other facilities for the manufacture of goods.



(in Russian, zavod). (1) An industrial enterprise with mechanized production processes, which manufactures primarily means of production.

(2) An enterprise for the breeding of pedigree animals (for example, konnyi zavod, “stud farm”).



an industrial enterprise based on the use of machines, characteristic of large-scale machine production. In Soviet political economy, the term fabrika (“factory”) is synonymous with zavod (“plant”) and is usually used for enterprises in light industry and the extracting industries, such as textile mills and ore-dressing and agglomeration enterprises.

The rise of the factory was a result of the industrial revolution of the last third of the 18th and first quarter of the 19th century. The first factory in Russia, the Alexandrov Manufactory, was founded in 1799. Historically, factory production was preceded by capitalist manufacture. The appearance of the machine and the development of the machine system marked the transition from the manufacturing workshop to the factory. The cooperation of workers performing part of the total work, based on a division of manual labor, was transformed in the factory into the cooperation of machines performing part of the total work, and the cooperative nature of the labor process became a technical necessity dictated by the means of labor (seeCOOPERATION, LABOR). With the transition from manufacture to factory production, capitalism created an adequate material and production basis, and capitalist industry entered a stage of large-scale machine production, which constitutes the basis for consolidating the capitalist mode of production.

“The transition from the manufactory to the factory,” wrote V. I. Lenin, “signifies a complete technical revolution, which does away with the craftsman’s manual skill that has taken centuries to acquire, and this technical revolution is inevitably followed by the most thoroughgoing destruction of social production relations, by a final split among the various groups of participants in production,... an intensification and extension of all the dark apsects of capitalism, and at the same time by a mass socialisation of labour by capitalism” (Poln. sobr. soch., 5th ed., vol. 3, p. 455).

On the one hand, the capitalist factory is a social productive force that creates the opportunity to raise labor productivity and efficiency; on the other, it acts as the productive force of capital, which capital uses to exploit hired labor and obtain surplus value. The development of factory production has become characteristic of and the basis for the real subjugation of labor to capital, and it constitutes a factor in the increasing intensification of the labor of workers, who become a mere appendage of the machine. It fosters the creation of an industrial reserve army and the exacerbation of the basic contradiction of capitalism between the social character of production and the private-capitalist form of appropriation.

Factory production constantly changes as the means of labor are developed. Major advances have occurred in factory production as a result of contemporary scientific and technological progress—electrification, the transition to machinery with numerical program control, the appearance of production-line manufacturing, and the introduction of modern automated machinery, automatic transfer machines, and computers. The industrialization of agriculture, construction, and transportation leads to the spread of factory-production methods in these sectors. As a traditional form of enterprise, the factory or plant is being increasingly replaced by a complex of enterprises, to which the factory belongs as a production component; this reflects the processes of concentration and centralization and the socialization of production.

Highly developed, large-scale machine production in all the corresponding sectors of the national economy serves as the material-production basis for a socialist society. The socialist factory is based on public ownership and cooperative labor, that is, the labor of employees who are free from exploitation and who perform their work in the interests of the whole society. The planned organization of production on a scale that covers the entire national economy creates possibilities for the fullest possible use of the advantages of large-scale machine production. Such production becomes a universal form of social production in all branches of the national economy in the process of creating the material and technical basis for communism.


Marx, K. Kapital, vol. 1, chs. 11–13; vol. 3, ch. 27. Marx, K., and F. Engels. Soch., 2nd éd., vol. 23; vol. 25, part 1.
Marx, K. “Nishcheta filosofii.” Ibid., vol. 4.
Lenin, V. I. “Razvitie kapitalizma v Rossii.” In Poln. sobr. soch., 5th ed., vol. 3.
Tugan-Baranovskii, M. I. Russkaia fabrika v proshlom i nastoiashchem, 7th ed., vol. 1. Moscow, 1938.
Liashchenko, P. I. Istoriia narodnogo khoziaistva SSSR, 4th ed., vols. 1–2. Moscow, 1956.



(industrial engineering)
A building or group of buildings where goods are manufactured.


(Brit.) works A building or group of buildings for the production or manufacture of goods.


a. a building or group of buildings containing a plant assembly for the manufacture of goods
b. (as modifier): a factory worker
2. Rare a trading station maintained by factors in a foreign country
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And so for from being denied the advantages of religious consolation, he was kicked into the same apartment every evening at prayer-time, and there permitted to listen to, and console his mind with, a general supplication of the boys, containing a special clause, therein inserted by authority of the board, in which they entreated to be made good, virtuous, contented, and obedient, and to be guarded from the sins and vices of Oliver Twist: whom the supplication distinctly set forth to be under the exclusive patronage and protection of the powers of wickedness, and an article direct from the manufactory of the very Devil himself.
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