Power Elite

ISBN-10: 0195006801
ISBN-13: 9780195006803
Edition: 1959
Authors: C. Wright Mills
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Description: First published in 1956, The Power Elite stands as a contemporary classic of social science and social criticism. C. Wright Mills examines and critiques the organization of power in the United States, calling attention to three firmly interlocked  More...

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List price: $16.95
Copyright year: 1959
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 12/31/1959
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 432
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

First published in 1956, The Power Elite stands as a contemporary classic of social science and social criticism. C. Wright Mills examines and critiques the organization of power in the United States, calling attention to three firmly interlocked prongs of power: the military, corporate, and political, elite. The Power Elite can be read as a good account of what was taking place in America at the time it was written, but its underlying question of whether America is democratic in practice as it is in theory continues to matter very much today. Copyright © Libri GmbH. All rights reserved.

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.

The Higher Circlesp. 3
Local Societyp. 30
Metropolitan 400p. 47
The Celebritiesp. 71
The Very Richp. 94
The Chief Executivesp. 118
The Corporate Richp. 147
The Warlordsp. 171
The Military Ascendancyp. 198
The Political Directoratep. 225
The Theory of Balancep. 242
The Power Elitep. 269
The Mass Societyp. 298
The Conservative Moodp. 325
The Higher Immoralityp. 343
Afterwordp. 363
Acknowledgmentsp. 382
Notesp. 384
Indexp. 432
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