9780195133547

The Power Elite

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  • ISBN13:

    9780195133547

  • ISBN10:

    0195133544

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2000-02-17
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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Summary

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, andpolitical 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 as democratic in practice as it is in theory continues to matter very much today. What The Power Elite informed readers of in 1956 was how much the organization of power in America had changed during their lifetimes, and Alan Wolfe's astute afterword to this new edition brings us up to date, illustrating how much more has changed since then. Wolfe sorts out what is helpful inMills' book and which of his predictions have not come to bear, laying out the radical changes in American capitalism, from intense global competition and the collapse of communism to rapid technological transformations and ever changing consumer tastes. The Power Elite has stimulated generations ofreaders to think about the kind of society they have and the kind of society they might want, and deserves to be read by every new generation.

Author Biography


The late C. Wright Mills, Professor of Sociology at Columbia University, was a leading critic of modern American civilization. Alan Wolfe is University Professor and Professor of Political Science and Sociology at Boston University. He is the author or editor of more than ten books, including Marginalized in the Middle and One Nation, After All.

Table of Contents

The Higher Circles
3(27)
Local Society
30(17)
Metropolitan 400
47(24)
The Celebrities
71(23)
The Very Rich
94(24)
The Chief Executives
118(29)
The Corporate Rich
147(24)
The Warlords
171(27)
The Military Ascendancy
198(27)
The Political Directorate
225(17)
The Theory of Balance
242(27)
The Power Elite
269(29)
The Mass Society
298(27)
The Conservative Mood
325(18)
The Higher Immorality
343(20)
Afterword 363(19)
Acknowledgments 382(2)
Notes 384(48)
Index 432

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