The Anthem Companion to C. Wright Mills

The Anthem Companion to C. Wright Mills

Edited by Guy Oakes

Anthem Companions to Sociology

This companion comprises interpretive, critical, and exploratory essays on Mills’s chief writings as well as his interventions in the political conflicts of his time, stressing important aspects of his work that are neglected in the literature. 

PDF, 248 Pages

ISBN:9780857281890

June 2016

£18.36, $30.36

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ISBN:9781783085484

June 2016

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  • About This Book
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  • Author Information
  • Series
  • Table of Contents
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About This Book

Mills was a protean thinker. In a fast-paced career of some twenty years, he wrote on a stunning range of issues—from the sociology of knowledge and methods of the social sciences to social stratification, the concentration of political and economic power, the media and the formation and translation of culture, the politics of the Cold War, and the prospects for economic progress and democratization in developing countries. [NP] This companion responds to his major themes: the elite coordination of political and economic power; its consequences, initially for the US middle classes and subsequently for the Soviet Union, Eastern European, and Latin America; intellectuality, the media, and the constitution and transmission of culture; and the inferences he believed social scientists should draw from these matters—conclusions that he advocated with remarkable tenacity and in a rhetoric that was often pugnacious. [NP] Comprising interpretive, critical, and exploratory essays on Mills’s chief writings as well as his interventions in the political conflicts of his time, the contributors to this volume consider important aspects and implications of his thought that have been largely neglected in the literature on his writings, including questions on which the literature is virtually silent. This is an effort to follow the path of analysis and reflexive critique that Mills himself pursued: the authors attempt to read Mills as he expected to be understood, attending to his intentions, elucidating his positions, and assessing their promise as well as their limits—holding him to his own standards and assessing the extent to which he met them. In this respect, it is conceived in a Millsian spirit. 

Reviews

The Anthem Companions to Sociology offers wide ranging and masterly overviews of the works of major sociologists. The volumes in the series provide authoritative and critical appraisals of key figures in modern social thought. These books, written and edited by leading figures, are essential additional reading on the history of sociology. — Gerard Delanty, Professor of Sociology, University of Sussex, Brighton

This ambitious series provides an intellectually thoughtful introduction to the featured social theorists and offers a comprehensive assessment of their legacy. Each edited collection synthesizes the many dimensions of the respective theorist’s contributions and sympathetically ponders the various nuances in and the broader societal context for their body of work. The series will be appreciated by seasoned scholars and students alike. — Michele Dillon, Professor of Sociology and Dean of the College of Liberal Arts, University of New Hampshire  

The orchestration and emergence of the Anthem Companions to Sociology represent a formidable and invaluable achievement. Each companion explores the scope, ingenuity, and conceptual subtleties of the works of a theorist indispensable to the sociological project. The editors and contributors for each volume are the very best in their fields, and they guide us towards the richest, most creative seams in the writings of their thinker. The results, strikingly consistent from one volume to the next, brush away the years, reanimate what might have been lost, and bring numerous rays of illumination to the most pressing challenges of the present. — Rob Stones, Professor of Sociology, Western Sydney University, Australia

The Anthem Companions, those that have appeared already and those that are to come, will give every sociologist a handy and authoritative guide to all the giants of their discipline. — Stephen Mennell, Professor Emeritus, University College Dublin

Each volume of the Anthem Companions to Sociology examines comprehensively not only a theorist’s distinct approach and unique contributions, but also situates each in reference to the major parameters of mainstream theoretical schools and traditions. This remarkable Series in addition throws into high relief the singular features of modern societies. It promises to set the standard for discussions of Sociology’s long-term development and belongs on the shelves of every social scientist.— Stephen Kalberg, Professor of Sociology Emeritus, Boston University

This valuable series covers both familiar figures in the history of sociology (such as Max Weber and, prospectively, Marx and Durkheim) and less often treated ones such as Arendt and Troeltsch who are also highly relevant to sociology, broadly conceived. In these books, leading scholars explore important but often neglected aspects of their subjects’ work. — William Outhwaite, Emeritus Professor of Sociology, Newcastle University, UK

Author Information

Dr Guy Oakes is Professor in the Department of Management and Decision Science at Monmouth University, USA.

Series

Anthem Companions to Sociology

Table of Contents

1: C. Wright Mills on Law and Society: Hidden in Plain Sight? (William Rose); 2: Mills on the Economics of the Old Middle Class (Nahid Aslanbeigui and Guy Oakes); 3: Revisting C. Wright Mills on the Militarization of Postwar American Society (Andrew D. Grossman);4. A Critical Assessment of the Historical and Economic Underpinnings of C. Wright Mills’s The Power Elite (Michele I. Naples); 5: Mills as Ethical Theorist: The Military Metaphysics and the Higher Immorality (Guy Oakes); 6: C. Wright Mills and Latin America (Verónica Montecinos); 7: For a Feminist Sociological Imagination: A Personal Retrospective on C. Wright Mills (Stevi Jackson); 8: The Sociological Imagination: An Unredeemed Promise (Gerhard Wagner and Kai Müller); 9: Recent Changes in the Shape of Power (Stanley Aronowitz) 

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