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The Social Thought of C. Wright Mills

The Social Thought of C. Wright Mills

May 2011 | 232 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

An accessible introduction to the social and political thought of one of the leading critics of mid-twentieth century American society

This inaugural volume of the Pine Forge Press Social Thinkers series provides a concise introduction to the work, life, and influences of C. Wright Mills. Accessible and provocative, this book closely examines the writings and ideas of C. Wright Mills that now, over half a century later, remain crucial in better understanding today's world. The book's primary focus is on two of his lifelong intellectual concerns: the interrelationship between social structure and personality and the bureaucratization of modern society and the power relations it produces. The book is ideal for use as a self-contained volume or in conjunction with sociological theory textbooks.

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
Key features

Key Features

  • Detailed analyses of Mills' writings and ideas provide a deeper understanding of modern and postmodern Western social thought and encourage readers to engage in sociological dialogue.

  • Chapter-ending Questions for Thought encourage readers to reflect on and apply each chapter's ideas to today's social world.

  • A Further Readings chapter facilitates additional study and research.

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