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Ryerson University
SOC 203
Tonya Davidson

Introducing C Wright Mills SOC203 – 20/09/2012 - From Marx He understood that society was based in class struggle, but he was also inspired by weber and interested in bureaucracy. - White collar: physical power, legitimate authority, manipulation (ideological persuasion) - Main form of power in 20 century is ideological manipulative - Interested in role of media – as a super structure - Mills was the first to claim that media is a huge power that contributes to alienation 2 phenomenon from beaucracy: - White collar alienation: alienation of factory working - Middle class workers have little intellectual stimulation and are alienated from other people. - Main character in Fight Club, he goes crazy - Over consumption of media, feeds alienation - Status panic: means to lose our sense of identity The Power of Elite: - He thought like marx that society was divided into 2 groups, those who control resources and those who don’t. - Marx was interested in how power was becoming increasingly concentrated in the hands of the few. - Not it is possible for a few people to destroy the entire world, wasn’t the way it always was before. - Power elite: composed of three circles of power: - 1. Government/political power - 2. Military/ physical power - 3. Corporations/economic power - Middle: social institutions, celebrity power, media, education, government Bottom: masses - Basically Mills had a pyramid for power: Elites: political power 2.Military 3.Economic power Super Structures: like media, institutions, religeon, education The Masses (people,the public) - Power elite different than marxs ruling class (added military and political power) They are not challenged by bureaucracies, institutions, special interest groups - Economic, political, military power are intertwined, still in Canada today - Power is transferable JOHN PORTER: Porter wrote the book " The vertical mosaic" and in it he looked exclusively at the distribution of power in Canada. There are 3 images of Canada in the Vertical Mosiac: 1. Class is the base of Canadian society 2. Canada is a vertical mosaic not a melting pot like the U.S. However, the
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