Diversity in the Power Elite: How it Happened, Why it Matters

Diversity in the Power Elite: How it Happened, Why it Matters

by Richard L. Zweigenhaft, G. William Domhoff
     
 

This book looks systematically at the extent to which Jews, women, African Americans, Latinos, Asians and gay men and lesbians have entered the higher circles of power that constituted what sociologist C. Wright Mills called 'the power elite.' It examines why and how the power elite has diversified, the pathways taken by those who have entered the power elite, and the… See more details below

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This book looks systematically at the extent to which Jews, women, African Americans, Latinos, Asians and gay men and lesbians have entered the higher circles of power that constituted what sociologist C. Wright Mills called 'the power elite.' It examines why and how the power elite has diversified, the pathways taken by those who have entered the power elite, and the effect this diversification has had on the way power works in the United States.

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Choice
. . . entertaining and easy to read. Recommended.
Richard Alba
Zweigenhaft and Domhoff tell a profound sociological story about how the American elite has managed to accommodate successfully to growing societal diversity. Newcomers are allowed in, but they are changed in the process of entering: hence, the contemporary elite is no longer made up exclusively of white Christian men, but its members still share perspectives and values that favor narrow class interests regardless of where they came from. This powerful account demonstrates how a system of inequality can adapt to the pressure for social change. For today's diverse America, the old axiom, "plus ça change," will need to be translated into many more languages.
Rodney Coates
In Diversity in the Power Elite Zweigenhaft and Domhoff provide a clear, concise, and often ignored dimension in power analysis. Applying a critical lens, the authors insightfully explore the ironies of the American elite: it has struggled to preserve its white male privilege, while begrudgingly allowing limited space for elites from various racial, ethnic, gender, and sexual orientations. This book provides the missing link to our discussions regarding diversity in America.
August 01 2008 Book Review Digest
[This work] is based on meticulous scholarship, crammed with facts, and nonetheless is a good read.
CHOICE
. . . entertaining and easy to read. Recommended.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780742577220
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
04/07/2006
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
272
File size:
2 MB

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