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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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Taking It Big

Taking It Big

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Taking It Big

Stanley Aronowitz

Columbia University Press

This chapter discusses the political and intellectual direction of some of Mills' later writings. In these writings, Mills accomplishes his own summing up and takes the tendencies of his earlier work to a new level. Three works stand out: The Sociological Imagination, still his most widely read book; The Marxists, a collection of writings by some leading thinkers in this vein; and the unfinished The Cultural Apparatus, which Mills intended as his next big project. The Sociological Imagination is nothing short of a program for a new social science. The chapter also briefly attempts to explicate his most important intellectual and political contributions.

Keywords:   social science, The Sociological Imagination, The Marxists, The Cultural Apparatus

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