White Collar: The American Middle Classes

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Oxford University Press, Aug 13, 2002 - Social Science - 416 pages
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In print for fifty years, White Collar by C. Wright Mills is considered a standard on the subject of the new middle class in twentieth-century America. This landmark volume demonstrates how the conditions and styles of middle class life--originating from elements of both the newer lower and upper classes--represent modern society as a whole. By examining white-collar life, Mills aimed to learn something about what was becoming more typically "American" than the once-famous Western frontier character. He painted a picture instead of a society that had evolved into a business-based milieu, viewing America instead as a great salesroom, an enormous file, and a new universe of management. Russell Jacoby, author of The End of Utopia and The Last Intellectuals, contributes a new Afterword to this edition, in which he reflects on the impact White Collar had at its original publication and considers what it means to our society today. "A book that persons of every level of the white collar pyramid should read and ponder. It will alert them to their condition for their better salvation."-Horace M. Kaellen, The New York Times (on the first edition)
 

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User Review  - Rob Bentlyewski - Goodreads

It's hard to find a book that gives a clearer, more complete explanation of how American politics has reached its sorry present state. Mills picks apart the American mass psyche with surgical ... Read full review

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C. Wright Mills. One of my favorite authors Read full review

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Contents

OLD MIDDLE CLASSES
1
WHITE COLLAR WORLDS
61
STYLES OF LIFE
213
WAYS OF POWER
287
Acknowledgments and Sources
355
Afterword
365
Index
381
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The late C. Wright Mills, former Professor of Sociology at Columbia University, was a leading critic of modern American civilization. His other books include The Sociological Imagination and The Power Elite (both OUP). Russell Jacoby is Professor of History at UCLA and a contributing writer to The Nation, The New York Times, and Harper's.

The late C. Wright Mills, former Professor of Sociology at Columbia University, was a leading critic of modern American civilization. His other books include The Sociological Imagination and The Power Elite (both OUP). Russell Jacoby is Professor of History at UCLA and a contributing writer to The Nation, The New York Times, and Harper's.

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