Faculty Book: Stanley Aronowitz

Stanley Aronowitz

Taking It Big: C. Wright Mills and the Making of Political Intellectuals
(Columbia University Press, 2012)
C. Wright Mills (1916–1962) played a central role in transforming the independent American Left in the 1940s and 1950s and laying political foundations for the rise of the New Left in the 1960s. This book revisits the role of Mills’s education in shaping his outlook and intellectual restlessness, tells of Mills’s growing circle of contacts among the New York intellectuals, and describes his efforts to encourage a fundamentally new theoretical orientation centered on more ambitious critiques of U.S. society. Blurring the rigid boundaries among philosophy, history, and social theory and between traditional orthodoxies and the radical imagination, Mills became one of the most admired and controversial thinkers of his time. The book also emphasizes his ongoing significance to debates on power in American democracy. Stanley Aronowitz is a distinguished professor of sociology and urban education at the Graduate Center.

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Submitted on: APR 10, 2013

Category: Faculty Books | Sociology | Urban Education