11.06.07 Tues - CW Mills: Critique of Society Responded to...

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CW Mills: Critique of Society Responded to post World War II critique of fascism mass society. Not a Marxist, but become a hero to the new left in the 60s for his critique of American Society Alienation in white collar work Marxist theory of alienation Alienated from the product of ones labor, alienated from the process of production, alienated from one’s fellow workers, and alienated from oneself Mills takes this a step further and describes White Collar Alienation Alienation is just as bad in bureaucratic white collar work as in manual labor Characterized by a “Psychological Malaise (apathy, fear, and conformity)” When he’s talking about the modern workplace, he’s talking about the 50’s corporate work place. Personalities turn into commodities to be bought and sold. Can buy yourself personality. Because people’s workplaces are so stressful and meaningless, people take frenzied refuge in leisure activities as a way of relieving the stress of their work
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