Diversity in the Power Elite: How it Happened, Why it Matters / Edition 2

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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.' Using a deft combination of academic research and telling anecdotes, the book examines the backgrounds and careers of such well-known members of the power elite as attorney general Alberto Gonzales, secretary of state Condoleezza Rice, former secretary of state Colin Powell, and former CEO of Hewlett-Packard Carly Fiorina to explain why and how the power elite has diversified and the effect this diversification has had on the way power works in the United States.

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Editorial Reviews

. . . 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 ├ža 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.
. . . entertaining and easy to read. Recommended.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742536999
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/28/2006
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 1,064,480
  • Product dimensions: 6.42 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard L. Zweigenhaft is Dana Professor of Psychology at Guilford College, where he chairs the social science division and directs the communications concentration. G. William Domhoff is a Research Professor at the University of California, Santa Cruz. They have coauthored four books together: Jews in the Protestant Establishment (1982), Blacks in the White Establishment: A Study of Race and Class in America (1991), Diversity in the Power Elite: Have Women and Minorities Reached the Top? (1998), and Blacks in the White Elite: Will the Progress Continue? (2003).

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Has the Power Elite Become Diverse? Chapter 2 Jews in the Power Elite Chapter 3 Women in the Power Elite Chapter 4 Blacks in the Power Elite Chapter 5 Latinos in the Power Elite Chapter 6 Asian Americans in the Power Elite Chapter 7 Gay Men and Lesbians in the Power Elite Chapter 8 The Ironies of Diversity

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