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.
A. Javier Trevino is the author and editor of several books including The Social Thought of C. Wright Mills (SAGE, 2012), Investigating Social Problems (SAGE, 2014) and C. Wright Mills and the Cuban Revolution: An Exercise in the Art of Sociological Imagination (University of North Carolina Press, 2017). He has served as President of the Justice Studies Association (2000-2002) and as President of the Society for the Study of Social Problems (2010-2011). He was a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Sussex, UK (2006), a Fulbright Scholar to the Republic of Moldova (2009), and since 2014 has been a Visiting Professor in Social and Political Theory at the University of Innsbruck, Austria.
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