Journal 10 - Hong Lai Henry Chan Sociology 1 Prof John Fox...

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Hong Lai Henry Chan Sociology 1 Prof. John Fox Journal 10 “The Power Elite” by C. Wright Mills, is an article that explores the importance of system of power in United States. Which he mainly focuses on three particular institutions: the economy politics, and the military. In my opinion, C. Wright Mills is basically arguing against one topic, which is the wealth and power inequality that exist in United States. While reading this chapter, there are lots of things that draw my attention. For instance, Mills is actually talking about a small amount of population is holding an excessive amount of control and decision-making power. Inside this small portion of “power elite”, they are actually hiding under the smokescreen created by politics, and continually control different institution. Mills describes those people are playing a social role in a society, and is classified to be a class. They are defined only by the power of their institution instead of individual. For me, this is a relatively new idea, since I do not have much knowledge idea about political thing under my ages. But I still can understand those situations there. Ultimately, I think “power elite” is not just a term that can be used in United States, but also can be imply in many political country. One thing I really appreciated is how he describes the structure of contemporary power. And Mills even linked wealth to these three institutional areas. He really goes through every detail in the structure, and is just so informative. Moreover, to learn more about this article, I have also checked about the background information of Mills. And I found that Mills was affected largely from Marxist theory. To be honest, this chapter also helps me to acquire the ability to observe the society in a different way. In which, Mills has the power to
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