C. Wright Mills: Letters and Autobiographical Writings

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University of California Press, 2000 - 300 من الصفحات
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One of the leading public intellectuals of twentieth-century America and a pioneering and brilliant social scientist, C. Wright Mills left a legacy of interdisciplinary and hard-hitting work including two books that changed the way many people viewed their lives and the structure of power in the United States: "White Collar" (1951) and "The Power Elite" (1956). Mills persistently challenged the status quo within his profession--as in "The Sociological Imagination" (1959)--and within his country, until his untimely death in 1962. This collection of letters and writings, edited by his daughters, allows readers to see behind Mills's public persona for the first time. Mills's letters to prominent figures--including Saul Alinsky, Daniel Bell, Lewis Coser, Carlos Fuentes, Hans Gerth, Irving Howe, Dwight MacDonald, Robert K. Merton, Ralph Miliband, William Miller, David Riesman, and Harvey Swados--are joined by his letters to family members, letter-essays to an imaginary friend in Russia, personal narratives by his daughters, and annotations drawing on published and unpublished material, including the FBI file on Mills.
  

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GROWING UP IN TEXAS 19161939
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GRADUATE STUDIES Madison Wisconsin 19391941
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STARTING OUT College Park Maryland 19411945
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TAKING IT BIG New York New York 19451956
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Braxton Bragg Wright a cattle rancher whose family had been in America for several generations and his wife Elizabeth Gallagher Wright Biggy the ...
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From New York to Europe and Mexico 19561960
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THE LAST TWO YEARS New York and Cuba 19601962
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CHRONOLOGY
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BOOKS BY C WRIGHT MILLS
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NOTES ON SELECTED CORRESPONDENTS
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ABOUT THE EDITORS
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GLOSSARY OF ABBREVIATIONS
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INDEX
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الصفحة ii - ... individual life. Know that the problems of social science, when adequately formulated, must include both troubles and issues, both biography and history, and the range of their intricate relations. Within that range the life of the individual and the making of societies occur; and within that range, the sociological imagination has its chance to make a difference in the quality of human life in our time.
الصفحة 5 - So, Fidel Castro, I announce to the City of New York that you gave all of us who are alone in this country, and usually not speaking to one another, some sense that there were heroes left in the world.
الصفحة 18 - As a social scientist, you have to control this rather elaborate interplay, to capture what you experience and sort it out; only in this way can you hope to use it to guide and test your reflection, and in the process shape yourself as an intellectual craftsman. But how can you do this? One answer is: you must set up a file, which is, I suppose, a sociologist's way of saying: keep a journal.
الصفحة 18 - I think, by reminding you, the beginning student, that the most admirable thinkers within the scholarly community you have chosen to join do not split their work from their lives. They seem to take both too seriously to allow such dissociation, and they want to use each for the enrichment of the other.
الصفحة 2 - Neither the life of an individual nor the history of a society can be understood without understanding both.
الصفحة 18 - Before you are through with any piece of work, no matter how indirectly on occasion, orient it to the central and continuing task of understanding the structure and the drift, the shaping and the meanings, of your own period, the terrible and magnificent world of human society in the second half of the twentieth century.

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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 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.

Mills is a literary publicist.

DAN WAKEFIELD's previous books include Creating from the Spirit and The Story of Your Life: Writing a Spiritual Autobiography.

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