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The Social Thought of C. Wright Mills

The Social Thought of C. Wright Mills

June 2011 | 232 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
This book closely examines the writings of C. Wright Mills and his intrepid, if somewhat solitary, effort at influencing critical thought. In stressing the critical aspect of Mills's sociology, the book will focus generally on two of his lifelong intellectual concerns: (1) the interrelationship between social structure and personality, and (2) the bureaucratization of modern society and the power relations it produces. The purpose of this book is to acquaint the rising generation of interested publics - students, academics, activists, intellectuals - with the social and political thought of one of the leading critics of the mid-twentieth century. Ideas that, over half a century later, remain crucial in better understanding the world of the early twenty-first century.
Chapter 1: C. Wright Mills and Postwar America
Chapter 2: A Humanist Concern
Chapter 3: The Social Psychology
Chapter 4: The Stratification Trilogy
Chapter 5: On Latinos and Latin America
Chapter 6: Mass Society and Media Markets
Chapter 7: Disillusioned Radical
Chapter 8: Further Readings

Excellent overview to works of Mills; although I was expecting greater focus on his work surrounding the sociological imagination. But excellent for further exploration of his work.

Mr Lewis Simpson
Department of Health & Social Studies, Grimsby Institute of HE & FE
January 25, 2015

I beleive everyone should read Mills even if he/sh may or may not consider contemporary sociology as being of importance. I assure you it is very important.

Ms Khalilah Hanan
Sociology Anthropology Dept, Indiana University Purdue - Fort Wayne
November 29, 2012

Trevino provides a useful and thorough account of the relevance of Mills to modern sociological thought. The appreciation of C.Wright Mills' contribution to the sociological imagination is articulated very accurately by Trevino. This book is an excellent aid to the study of Sociology at both A-level and first year undergarduate level. It provides a strong argument as to why Mills has to be considered in the same esteem as his mid-west peer, Talcott Parsons. Trevno details Mills' theoretical perspective and the relevance of Weber (and to a little extent Marx) on his radical form of sociology. The Social Thought of C. Wright Mills is an excellent and informative read.

Mr Dennis Hamilton
Sociology, University of Warwick
October 31, 2012

Course was cancelled.

Dr Charles Phillips
International College, University of Bridgeport
October 16, 2012

Theories which acknowledge both structure and agency are crucial in discussions of the causes of, and responses to, problematic drug use. This text will provide students with an important foundation for such discussions by offering valuable insights into C Wright Mills thoughts and theorisation of the influence of society on individual action.

Dr Helen Beckett
School of Social Sciences, Liverpool John Moores University
April 17, 2012

A useful text to enhance student knowledge of sociological thought which will feed into a number of lectures.

Dr Peter Wheeler
Management , Edge Hill University
September 13, 2011

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