Character and Social Structure The Psychology of Social Institutions

ISBN-10: 015616759X

ISBN-13: 9780156167598

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List price: $26.00
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
Publication date: 10/7/1964
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 514
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.430
Language: English

C. Wright Mills, an American sociologist, was one of the most controversial social scientists of the mid-twentieth century. He considered himself a rebel against both the academic establishment and American society in general, and he rarely tried to separate his radical ideas from his teaching and writing. Irving Louis Horowitz summarized much of Mills's ideas in the subtitle of his biography of him: An American Utopian. Mill's most traditional sociological study is The Puerto Rican Journey. His most direct attack on his colleagues in sociology is The Sociological Imagination (1959) (which he found left much to be desired). His most ideological work is The Power Elite (1956), an attempt to explain the overall power structure of the United States. Mills thought that the dominant "value-free" methodology of American sociology was an ideological mask, hiding values that he did not share. According to his younger colleague Immanuel Wallerstein, Mills was essentially a utopian reformer who thought that knowledge properly used could bring about a better society.

Charles Wright Mills (August 28, 1916, Waco, Texas - March 20, 1962, West Nyack, New York) was an American sociologist. Mills is best remembered for his 1959 book The Sociological Imagination in which he lays out a view of the proper relationship between biography and history, theory and method in sociological scholarship. He is also known for studying the structures of power and class in the U.S. in his book The Power Elite. Mills was concerned with the responsibilities of intellectuals in post-World War II society, and advocated public, political engagement over disinterested observation. Mills initially attended Texas A&M University but left after his first year and subsequently graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 1939 and received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1941. After a stint at the University of Maryland, College Park, he took a faculty position at Columbia University in 1946, which he kept, despite controversy, until his untimely death by heart attack. In the mid-1940s, together with Paul Goodman, he contributed to Politics, the journal edited during the 1940s by Dwight Macdonald.

Foreword
Preface
Introductory
Perspectives
The Biological Model
The Sociological Model
Character and Social Structure
Components of Character Structure
Components of Social Structure
The Tasks of Social Psychology
Character Structure
Organism and Psychic Structure
The Social Relevance of the Organism
Impulse and Purpose
Feeling and Emotion
Impression and Perception
The Interrelations of the Psychic Structure
The Social Unity of the Psychic Structure
The Person
Language, Role, Person
Images of Self
Unities of Self
Generalized Others
The Social Relativity of the Generalized Other
Types of Persons
The Sociology of Motivation
The Sociological Approach
Vocabularies of Motive
The "Real" Motives
Awareness of Motives
Biography and Types of Childhood
The Organism
The Psychic Structure
Learning
Language and Person
Four Theories of Biography
The Theory of Adolescent Upheaval
The Relevance of Childhood
The Social Relativity of Childhood Influences
Social Structure
Institutions and Persons
The Institutional Selection of Persons
The Institutional Formation of Persons
The Theory of Premiums and Traits of Character
Anxiety and Social Structure
Institutional Orders and Social Controls, I
The Political Order
Nation and State
Democracies and Dictatorships
Economic Institutions
Types of Capitalism
The Military Order
Characteristics of Six Types of Armies
Institutional Orders and Social Controls, II
Religious Institutions
Characteristics of World Religions
The Kinship Order
The Educational Sphere
Types of Social Control
Orientation to Social Controls
Symbol Spheres
Symbol Spheres in Six Contexts
Monopoly and Competition of Symbols
Communication
The Autonomy of Symbol Spheres
Stratification and Institutional Orders
Occupations
Class Structure
The Status Sphere
Class and Status
The Status Sphere and Personality Types
Power
Stratification and Institutional Dominance
Stratification and Political Mentality
The Unity of Social Structures
The Unity of Sparta
Units and Their Relationships
Modes of Integration
Why Rome Fell
Dynamics
Social-Historical Change
Six Questions
The Range of Theory
The Technological Sphere
Social-historical Change
The Sociology of Leadership
The Leader as a Man: His Traits and Motives
Images of the Leader and Motives of the Led
Three Functions of Authoritative Roles
Contexts and Roles
Role Dynamics and Leadership
Collective Behavior
The Structural Contexts of Collective Behavior
Aggregates, Crowds, and Publics
Movements, Parties, and Pressure Groups
Revolution and Counterrevolution
Anticapitalistic Movements and Parties
Master Trends
The Co-ordination of Political, Economic, and Military Orders
Psychological Aspects of Bureaucracy
The Decline of Liberalism
Character Structure in a Polarized World
Bibliographical Note
Index
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