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Department
Sociology
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SOCA02H3
Professor
Malcolm Mac Kinnon

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Politics: Political Sociology: Mills Powerlead is an elite theory of democracy
Book of 1950s called the Power Elite
This paper is an example also of Neoconflict theory.
oThe power elite according to Mills is made up of corporate leaders, the
military leaders, and government leaders. (Refer to Picture Taken on
Blackberry
Leaders of the Legislative Brand
Which includes house of representatives is the senate
Which makes it elite is the people who lead these organizations know each other.
Than they act together. They share the same ideas.
Mass Society was used to distinguish modern societies from earlier ones.
oUndifferentiated mass of consumers. These people are cutoff, alienated,
isolated.
oPeople in mass societies are alienated, estranged from decision making.
Mills argues that in the mass societies, information and power are highly
centralized.
Celebrities: Relatively recent phenomenon.
Charlie Sheens dog and pony show
We idolize people who act
Why do people idolize a bunch of idiots?
Narcicism: Being in love with yourself,I love to hear myself, see myself etc.
Mills >Keep theidiotsbusy, idolizing other idiots, they dont have inclination to whose
running society.
oCelebrities are mass distractions, diverts people away from important issues
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In mass societies, major institutions of society have become massive themselves.
Institutions of government have grown tremendously. The institutions of Business,
corporations, military has grown. Military
Major institutions have become Vast hierarchies
Subordinate > exist below institutional networks of corporations, military and
government.
Before mass society
oEconomy was decentralized. Atone time Canada and U.S. therefore business
leaders did not hold absolute power.
oCorporate concentration has taken place. Today, around 300 corporations in
the United Statespretty much run the show. They are responsible for
accumulating the most wealth because they are global and outreach.These
corporations are interlocking.
They haveboard of directors and will sit
Interlocking direct issues
oCorporations interlock direct with each other, they are
not isolated or detatched with each other and they act in
unison
Mills gives us a Trinity in his power of elite.
Federal Government was weak.
As there has been an economic centralization.
Before mass society, the military in America was weak. This was before the first
world war the military was non-existant (small and weak )
oState milicias donimnated that
This is a group of citizen soldiers. **KNOW WHAT MILICIA IS
oFirst world war was in 1914.
Isolationism was a very powerful movement in the United States that developed
oPearl Harbour happened, Japan attacked the American fleet in the middle of
the Pacific and America grew into the air.
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