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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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White Collar

White Collar

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Taking It Big

Stanley Aronowitz

Columbia University Press

This chapter focuses on what may be Mills' greatest book, White Collar, the second volume in his social-structure trilogy. The book was published three years after The New Men of Power. In White Collar Mills formulated a detailed stratification system of the new middle class, from state and corporate bureaucracies embodied in the “managerial demiurge” at the top of the status hierarchy, to intellectuals in intermediate positions, to what he describes as the “enormous file” of clerical labor. The book was widely reviewed in newspapers, magazines, and numerous scholarly journals. It marked Mills' arrival as a leading social critic and political intellectual and, as was appropriate to his new status, evoked harsh criticism, approbation, and many shades of opinion in between.

Keywords:   American middle class, working class, social structure, White Collar

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