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C. Wright Mills (1916–1962)

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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 näytä lisää 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. (Bowker Author Biography) näytä vähemmän

Tekijän teokset

From Max Weber: Essays in Sociology (1948) — Toimittaja — 922 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
The Power Elite (1956) 892 kappaletta, 9 arvostelua
Sosiologinen mielikuvitus (1959) 868 kappaletta, 2 arvostelua
White Collar: The American Middle Classes (1951) 315 kappaletta, 2 arvostelua
The Marxists (1962) 260 kappaletta, 3 arvostelua
The Causes of World War Three (1958) 62 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
Iktidar Seckinleri (2017) 3 kappaletta
Il mito della patologia sociale (2001) 2 kappaletta
Los marxistas 1 kappale
Sociologia e conoscenza (1971) 1 kappale
LOS MARXISTAS 1 kappale
Macht en mensen tien essays (1971) 1 kappale

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Joutilas luokka (1899) — Johdanto, eräät painokset; Johdanto, eräät painokset2,286 kappaletta, 24 arvostelua
Man Alone: Alienation in Modern Society (1962) — Avustaja — 142 kappaletta
History of European Morals: From Augustus to Charlemagne (1869) — Johdanto, eräät painokset75 kappaletta
History of the Rise and Influence of the Spirit of Rationalism in Europe (1870) — Johdanto — 46 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
C. Wright Mills and The power elite (1968) — Avustaja — 25 kappaletta
Conflict Issues in Sociology: Introductory Readings (1990) — Avustaja — 1 kappale

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laplantelibrary | 2 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Jan 22, 2023 |
 
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pszolovits | 8 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Feb 3, 2021 |
While C. Wright Mills does an interesting analysis of Marxist-Leninist theory in this book, it is a terrible disappointment to find out that only 150 pages are written by him. The other 300 pages (two thirds of the book) are extracts from classical texts of the left by Marx, Engels, Bernstein, Luxemburg, Lenin, Trotsky, Stalin, Khrushchev, Mao, Guevara, and others.

The extracts that Mills has included in this book are fairly good (ranging from classical marxist-leninist introductory texts to many different revisionists of the post-Stalin era), but there is very little analysis on them. It is hard to understand the goal that Mills had in mind with this book, other than, perhaps, introduce the liberal and sectarian US-audience of the '60's to a theoretical overview of Marxism, without all the propaganda of the era. But is this enough of a contribution from a man who is regarded as one of the fathers of modern sociology? I think he falls short, and the event of his sudden death, the same year this book was published, left what would have been a very rich discussion out of the question.

Also, Mills might not explicitly admit his bias against Stalin, but he is not very subtle either in under-representing him and other Stalinist authors and going to lengths to let critics of Stalinism and the early soviet years to explain themselves: about 50 pages are dedicated to this, including a rather large section of Trotsky's "Revolution Betrayed".

All in all, despite that this can be considered to be only slightly above the traditional western criticism of Marxism, I think I'd recommend to anyone interested in Mills', the thinker, to read the first 150 pages and then move on. There are better introductory programs to Marxist thinkers out there than this one.
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