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Taking It BigC. Wright Mills and the Making of Political Intellectuals$
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Stanley Aronowitz

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780231135412

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231135412.001.0001

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Introduction and Overview

Introduction and Overview

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(p.1) Introduction and Overview
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Taking It Big
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Stanley Aronowitz

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Columbia University Press
DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231135412.003.0001

This introductory chapter provides an overview of the contributions of C. Wright Mills. A half century after his death in 1962 at the age of forty-five, Mills remains one of the most admired and controversial social thinkers of our time. Dozens of social scientists and activists claim that their career choices were influenced, if not determined, by reading his work. His influence on the student and antiwar movements of the 1960s was massive, and he is deeply admired in Latin America. But, while roundly criticized, he was not recognized by many of his American colleagues in the social sciences as a major thinker. The chapter then sets out the book's purpose, which is to offer an in-depth interpretation of Mills's major works. It not only examines his theories but also tries to understand them and their influences within the contexts of mid-twentieth-century American politics and political thought. The study aims to help restore Mills as one of the preeminent social thinkers of the past sixty years.

Keywords:   C. Wright Mills, political intellectuals, social thinkers, socials scientists, social science, American politics

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