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Charles Wright Mills

(1916—1962)


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(1916–62)

An influential US sociologist whose work on the nature of the class system and on the influence of the power elite in society countered the functionalist consensus of other sociologists of the mid 20th century. Mills also wrote on the sociological imagination, arguing for the integrated study of self and society, history and biography, and on the importance of understanding how participatory forms of public culture are jeopardized by the development of mass media owned by elites (he might have added ‘such as sport businesses or media sport’ here). A particular strand in the sociology of sport—variously categorized as critical sociology or a cultural studies approach to sport—has acknowledged the deep influence of Mills's work.

Subjects: Social Sciences — Philosophy.


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