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C.  Wright  Mills
[1916-1962]


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Charles Wright Mills was a radical intellectual of the 1950s, a social scientist and
merciless critic of ideology, and a writer of scrupulous, robust & generous mind.
His ideas continue to resonate today.

           C. Wright Mills was born at Waco, Texas on 28 August 1916. He did well at the University of Texas, graduating in philosophy in 1939. He received his PhD degree at the University of Wisconsin in 1941; his heroes were Max Weber [1864-1920] & Karl Marx, his dissertation was on pragmatism. After a short stint at the University of Maryland, he moved to Columbia University in New York City in 1945. He was promoted to assistant professor [of sociology] in 1946; though he was not given a full professorship until 1956, he nonetheless turned down other offers and stayed at Columbia out of belief that New York City was the center of U.S. intellectual activity.

        The ambitious three works on stratification for which he is most famous are "The New Men of Power: America's Labor Leaders" (1948), "White Collar: The American Middle Classes" (1951), and his best-known & most controversial work, "The Power Elite" (1956). Later works included a scathing book on sociological practice, "The Sociological Imagination" (1959).

        He had three wives, who each bore one child.
        He died on 20 March 1962, in Nyack, N.Y. His two daughters published a book of his collected letters in May 2000.
        The major search engines bring up dozens of serious & important links about C. Wright Mills, by sociologists busy using his concepts today, in a multitude of languages; some are included here.

"Mills is half forgotten – perhaps because much of what he said is now taken for granted."
— Norman Birnbaum


C. Wright Mills  Links
official C. Wright Mills website
C. Wright Mills entry at Wikipedia
Frank Elwell's C.W. Mills essay
Alan Banks' C.W. Mills Page
online etext of portions of "The Power Elite"
Howard Becker's essay on C.W. Mills
Todd Gitlin's article "Free Radical"
S.S.S.P.'s C. Wright Mills Book Award [est. 1964]
Corey Shdaimah's C.W. Mills essay
Stanley Aronowitz essay in Logos {Summer 2003)

Max Weber  Links
Frank Elwell's Max Weber Page
Max Weber [1864-1920] entry at Wikipedia
browse Max Weber books at Amazon




Major Works of C. Wright Mills

New Men of Power by C. Wright Mills  "New Men of Power: America's Labor Leaders"
with Helen Schneider [Harcourt Brace 1948]

Univ IL Press pb [9/2001] for $17.95
Univ IL Press 8½x5¾ hardcover [9/2001] for $40.00
A.M. Kelley hardcover [1/71] for $46.99
White Collar by C. Wright Mills  "White Collar: The American Middle Classes" [1951]
Oxford Univ Press 8x6.4 pb [9/2002] for $12.57
Oxford Univ Press 8x5 pb [7/83] out of print/used
The Power Elite by C. Wright Mills  "The Power Elite" [1956]
Oxford Univ Press pb [1/2000] for $12.41
Oxford Univ Press pb [2/93] out of print/used
Oxford Univ Press pb [1/60] out of print/used
Sociological Imagination by C. Wright Mills  "The Sociological Imagination" [1959]
Oxford Univ Press 8x5¼ pb [7/2000] for $10.47
Oxford Univ Press pb [2/90] out of print/used
Oxford Univ Press 8x5 pb [12/67] out of print/used
Letters of C. Wright Mills  "C. Wright Mills: Letters & Autobiographical Writings" [2000]
Edited by Kathryn Mills & Pamela Mills

Univ CA Press 9½x5½ pb [8/2001] for $13.27
Univ CA Press 9½x6½ hardcover [5/2000] for $40.00




Other Works

Max Weber by C. Wright Mills  "From Max Weber: Essays in Sociology" [1946]
Edited & translated by Hans Gerth & C. Wright Mills

Oxford Univ Press hardcover [12/58] for $26.95

"The Puerto Rican Journey: New York's Newest Immigrants" [1950]

Character & Social Structure by C. Wright Mills  "Character and Social Structure: The Psychology
of Social Institutions" [Harcourt Brace 1953]
by Hans Gerth & C. Wright Mills

Harvest Books 8½x5½ pb [10/99] for $26.00
Causes of World War Three book by C. Wright Mills  "The Causes of World War Three" [1958]
M.E. Sharpe pb [8/85] out of print/used
Greenwood Publg hardcover [6/76] out of print/used

"Images of Man: The Classic Tradition in Sociological Thinking" [1960]
George Braziller hardcover [1/60] out of print/used

"Listen, Yankee: The Revolution in Cuba" [1960]
McGraw-Hill / Ballantine [12/60] out of print/used

"The Marxists" [1962]
Dell / Delta pb [various] out of print/used

"Power, Politics & People: Collected Essays of C. Wright Mills" [1963]
Edited by Irving Louis Horowitz
Oxford Univ Press pb [2/93] out of print/used
Oxford Univ Press pb [12/63] out of print/used

"Sociology and Pragmatism" [written 1945; published 1964]

"Situated Actions & Vocabularies of Motive"
Irvington Publg pb [8/93] for $6.99

"Who Controls America: Opposing Viewpoints"
Greenhaven Press pb [12/88] out of print/used




Books About C. Wright Mills

Radical Ambition intellectual biography of C. Wright Mills by Daniel Geary  "Radical Ambition: C. Wright Mills, The Left, and American Social Thought" [2009]
by Daniel Geary

Univ CA Press 9x6¼ hardcover [3/2009] for $31.55
Politics of Truth / Writings of C. Wright Mills book edited by John H. Summers  "The Politics of Truth: Selected Writings of C. Wright Mills"
[2008] Selected & Introduced by John H. Summers

Oxford Univ Press 9x6 pb [9/2008] for $19.75out of print/used
Oxford Univ Press 9x6½ hardcover [9/2008] for $99.00
C. Wright Mills bio by Tom Hayden  "Radical Nomad: C. Wright Mills & His Times" [2006]
by Tom Hayden, with Stanley Aronowitz, Richard Flacks & Charles C. Lemert

Paradigm pb [6/2006] for $25.95
Paradigm hardcover [6/2006] for $87.00
Veblen, Dewey & Mills by Rick Tilman  "Veblen, Dewey, and Mills: An Intellectual Relationship"
[2003] by Rick Tilman

Rowman & Littlefield 9x6 hardcover [12/2003] for $65.00
C. Wright Mills and The Ending of Violence  "C. Wright Mills and The Ending of Violence" [2003]
by John D. Brewer

Palgrave Macmillan 9x5½ hardcover [10/2003] for $65.00
Collaboration, Reputation & Ethics  "Collaboration, Reputation, and Ethics in American Academic Life: Hans H. Gerth & C. Wright Mills" [1999]
by Guy Oakes & Arthur J. Vidich

Univ IL Press 9x6 pb [10/99] for $16.95
Univ IL Press hardcover [11/99] for $39.49

"The Political Sociology of C.Wright Mills" [1990]
by Bipul Kumar Bhadra
South Asia Books hardcover [7/90] out of print/used

"C. Wright Mills: A Native Radical & His American
Intellectual Roots" [1984] by Rick Tilman
Penn State Univ Press hardcover [2/84] out of print/used

C. Wright Mills bio by Irving Louis Horowitz  
"C. Wright Mills: An American Utopian" [1983]
by Irving Louis Horowitz

Free Press 9x6 pb [4/85] for $23.95
Free Press hardcover [7/83] out of print/used

"C. Wright Mills" [1983] by John Eldridge
Routledge hardcover [5/83] out of print/used

"C. Wright Mills" [1978] by Howard Press
Twayne Publrs [1978] out of print/used

"The World of C. Wright Mills" [1976] by Herbert Aptheker
Periodicals Service hardcover [4/76] out of print/used

"The Sociological Theory of C. Wright Mills" [1977]
by Joseph Scimecca
Associated Faculty Press hardcover [1/77] out of print/used

"C. Wright Mills & The Power Elite" [1969]
Compiled by G. William Domhoff & Hoyt B. Ballard
Beacon Press pb [6/68] out of print at Amazon.com




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