Radical Nomad: C. Wright Mills and His Times

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Not long after co-authoring "The Port Huron Statement", the charter document of 1960s activism, Tom Hayden completed, at the University of Michigan, an intellectual biography of eminent scholar C. Wright Mills. It is published here for the first time, along with newly written essays by Hayden and by prominent social theorists who are experts on Mills and his ongoing influence today.

Hayden cogently traces Mills's scholarship and his progressive activism to the events and thinkers of earlier generations. Ideas in major books by Mills (The Power Elite, New Men of Power, White Collar, Character and Social Structure, The Sociological Imagination) can now be better understood in light of the influences on Mills during and before his time, including the impact of two world wars, the Great Depression and the New Deal, the failures of the Soviet state, and changing relations between workers and industry in America and worldwide. The book thus brings us a new and much more complete understanding of Mills's political theories and philosophy.

With only one previous biography of Mills in print, this book is a major contribution.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781594512018
  • Publisher: Paradigm Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/28/2006
  • Series: Great Barrington Books
  • Pages: 232
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Tom Hayden-social activist, legislator, educator, and speaker-is the author of The Port Huron Statement, long considered the founding document of the Sixties movement. He is the author of more than 15 books including, most recently, Voices of the Chicago 8: A Generation on Trial (2008) and Writings for a Democratic Society: The Tom Hayden Reader (2008). He writes for The Nation and many other magazines.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Missing Mills
1. Postwar Beginnings
2. The Power Elite and the Mass Society
3. The Radical Nomad and the New Left

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