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Charles Wright Mills

Charles Wright Mills  

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(1916–62)An influential US sociologist whose work on the nature of the class system and on the influence of the power elite in society countered the functionalist consensus of other sociologists of ...
elites

elites  

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Sometimes spelled with an accent, the word has now been anglicized in its sociological usage. The term is often loosely used to refer to any superior or privileged group, but it more properly refers ...
pluralism

pluralism  

[Th]Diversity in interpretation. Because the world cannot be reduced to a series of simple conceptual categories there will always be a range of approaches, understandings, and interpretations. In ...
political sociology

political sociology  

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Political sociology broadly conceived is the study of power and domination in social relationships. It could thereby include analysis of the family, the mass media, universities, trade unions, and so ...
power

power  

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Strength in arranging the terms of one's dealing with other firms or people. See also bargaining power; countervailing power; monopoly power.
pressure group

pressure group  

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An alternative term for interest group, often used to indicate disapproval of the group concerned or its methods. Many analysts, however, use it interchangeably with interest group.Wyn GrantWG
state

state  

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Following Max Weber's influential definition, a set of institutions that possesses a monopoly on rule-making and the legitimate use of force within a bounded territory—powers collectively termed ...

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