White Collar The American Middle Classes

ISBN-10: 0195157087
ISBN-13: 9780195157086
Edition: 2nd 2002
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Description: In print for fifty years, White Collar by C. Wright Mills is considered a standard on the subject of the new middle class in twentieth-century America. This landmark volume demonstrates how the conditions and styles of middle class life--originating  More...

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List price: $34.99
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 9/26/2002
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 416
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

In print for fifty years, White Collar by C. Wright Mills is considered a standard on the subject of the new middle class in twentieth-century America. This landmark volume demonstrates how the conditions and styles of middle class life--originating from elements of both the newer lower and upper classes--represent modern society as a whole. By examining white-collar life, Mills aimed to learn something about what was becoming more typically "American" than the once-famous Western frontier character. He painted a picture instead of a society that had evolved into a business-based milieu, viewing America instead as a great salesroom, an enormous file, and a new universe of management. Russell Jacoby, author of The End of Utopia and The Last Intellectuals, contributes a new Afterword to this edition, in which he reflects on the impact White Collar had at its original publication and considers what it means to our society today. "A book that persons of every level of the white collar pyramid should read and ponder. It will alert them to their condition for their better salvation."-Horace M. Kaellen, The New York Times (on the first edition)

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.

Russell Jacoby is a professor of history and education at UCLA and the author of several books of history, politics, and cultural criticism, including The End of Utopia: Politics and Culture in the Age of Apathy, Dogmatic Wisdom: How the Culture Wars Divert Education and Distract America, and The Last Intellectuals: American Culture in the Age of Academe. He also reviews books for The Nation, the Los Angeles Times Book Review, and other publications.

Introduction
Old Middle Classes
The World of the Small Entrepreneur
The Old Middle Classes
Property, Freedom and Security
The Self-Balancing Society
The Transformation of Property
The Rural Debacle
Business Dynamics
The Lumpen-Bourgeoisie
The Rhetoric of Competition
The Competitive Way of Life
The Independent Farmer
The Small Business Front
Political Persistence
White Collar Worlds
The New Middle Class: I
Occupational Change
Industrial Mechanics
White-Collar Pyramids
The Managerial Demiurge
The Bureaucracies
From the Top to the Bottom
The Case of the Foreman
The New Entrepreneur
The Power of the Managers
Three Trends
Old Professions and New Skills
The Professions and Bureaucracy
The Medical World
Lawyers
The Professors
Business and the Professions
Brains, Inc.
Four Phases
The Bureaucratic Context
The Ideological Demand
The Rise of the Technician
The Great Salesroom
Types of Salesmen
The Biggest Bazaar in the World
Buyers and Floorwalkers
The Salesgirls
The Centralization of Salesmanship
The Personality Market
The Enormous File
The Old Office
Forces and Developments
The White-Collar Girl
The New Office
The White-Collar Hierarchy
Styles of Life
Work
Meanings of Work
The Ideal of Craftsmanship
The Conditions of Modern Work
Frames of Acceptance
The Morale of the Cheerful Robots
The Big Slipt
The Status Panic
White-Collar Prestige
The Smaller City
The Metropolis
The Status Panic
Success
Patterns and Ideologies
The Educational Elevator
Origins and Mobilities
Hard Times
The Tarnished Image
Ways of Power
The New Middle Class: II
Theories and Difficulties
Mentalities
Organizations
White-Collar Unionism
The Extent Organized
Acceptance and Rejection
Individual Involvement
The Shape of Unionism
Unions and Politics
The Politics of the Rearguard
Models of Consciousness
Political Indifference
The Mass Media
The Social Structure
U.S. Politics
The Rearguarders
Acknowledgments and Sources
Afterword
Index

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