1st Edition

The Routledge International Handbook of C. Wright Mills Studies

Edited By Jon Frauley Copyright 2022
    334 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    334 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The Routledge International Handbook of C. Wright Mills Studies brings together leading scholars of the work of radical sociologist C. Wright Mills to showcase its impact across the social sciences. Showing how Mills’ thought can be taken up - and in some cases, sympathetically reformulated - to tackle problems of power and politics, it presents an authoritative state-of-the-art overview of Mills’ groundbreaking ideas and his far-reaching theoretical and methodological impact. Crucially, the volume also illustrates the value of thinking with Mills in addressing the complexities of contemporary capitalist democracies. As such, it will appeal to scholars of sociology, anthropology, organization studies, peace and conflict studies, criminology, politics and public administration.

    1. C. Wright Mills, Authoritarian Democracy and Radical Critique: Introductory Remarks

    Jon Frauley

    2. Classical Social Theory and the Sociology of C. Wright Mills

    Frank W. Elwell

    3. History and Biography in a Global Age: And Then Came the Plague

    Lauren Langmann and Avery Schatz

    4. Stretching Exercises: Stimulating the Sociological Imagination

    John Eldridge

    5. The Moving Prism: On C. Wright Mills and the ‘Poetics’ of the Sociological Imagination

    Michael Hviid Jacobsen

    6. Public Sociology and the Lost Legacy of C. Wright Mills

    Joseph Scimecca

    7. C. Wright Mills and the Public Sociology of Peace

    John D. Brewer

    8. C. Wright Mills on the Character and Role of The Soviet Intelligentsia

    A. Javier Treviño

    9. Mills On Intellectual Craftsmanship: Critical Observations

    Guy Oakes and Nahid Aslanbeigui

    10. C. Wright Mills and the Analysis of Power in American Politics

    Joseph Peschek

    11. What C. Wright Mills Means Today: US Post-War Politics and Power and Beyond 

    Carl Boggs

    12. The Militarized International System: Globalization's Sociological Context and Human Rights

    Muhammed Asadi

    13. C. Wright Mills in Public Administration: The Political and Economic Context of Imagination

    Richard C. Box

    14. Mills and Political Criminology: Making More Out of the Prison-Industrial Complex

    Jon Frauley

    15. Another Side of C. Wright Mills: The Theory of Mass Society

    James E. Freeman

    16. Collective Somnambulism, Social Suggestion, and Fascinated Receptivity in the Writings of C. Wright Mills

    Stephen Pfohl

    17. C. Wright Mills: Exact Imagination, Late Work

    Steven P. Dandaneau

    18. Creating Life Before Death with a Vision for Action

    Bernard Phillips


    Jon Frauley is Associate Professor in the Department of Criminology at the University of Ottawa, Canada. He is the author of Criminology, Deviance and the Silver Screen and is editor of and contributor to C. Wright Mills and the Criminological Imagination and (with Frank Pearce) Critical Realism and the Social Sciences.