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C Wright Mills and the Theorists of Power

Barratt, E (2014) 'C Wright Mills and the Theorists of Power.' In: Adler, P and du Gay, P and Morgan, G and Reed, M, (eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Sociology, Social Theory, and Organization Studies. Oxford University Press, 249 - 265. ISBN 9780199671083

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This chapter reviews C. Wright Mills?s analysis of power and the elites of his era in his three major texts of the 1940s and 1950s. It considers elements of his project that often attract less comment: Mills?s search for possible ways of redistributing power and enhancing democracy: his attempt to forge an ethico-political stance in rapidly changing conditions. We reveal Mills?s various intellectual debts, suggesting that he refused a relation of mere imitation to those from whom he borrowed. Considering a variety of criticism of Mills, we reflect on what we might take from Mills today in our own time.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: C. Wright Mills, power, elites, democracy, ethics
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Essex Business School
Depositing User: Edward Barratt
Date Deposited: 12 Nov 2015 10:38
Last Modified: 29 Jan 2018 22:15

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