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The Structure Of Power In American Society By C. Wright Mills

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Psychology is a social science that aims to study the mind and the behaviors of humans. It aims to understand what drives humans to act the way they do. It differs from sociology and anthropology in that it takes accounts the individual rather than society as a whole.
Sociology is the study of the relationships that humans have with each other and social institutions. It aims to understand the links that exist between individuals and the social structures around them and also the functions that these social institutions perform in society.
Anthropology is the study of humans through the ages. It aims to understand different cultures and practices that ...view middle of the document...

In modern society, therefore, it can be seen that some men are more emancipated than others in the making of history. It is due to this modern reality that those men that do not make history are increasingly becoming the tools of those who do.
Modern society can be seen as having been evolved from the centralization of authority of the conduits of power such as military and political institutions. In western societies this evolution took place gradually and was a result of great political discourses, however, in Soviet societies this same evolution has taken place rather quickly and through the use of violence.
Mills goes on to mention that when analyzing any society it is important to take a look at its history to fully understand its present and the history of the United States, especially the first half of the nineteenth century can be seen as a time when economic power was decentralized.
It is then concluded that three types of power exist today in the United States. Political, economic and military institutions hold the most power and institutions such as religion, education and family are now increasingly being fashioned by these institutions and the choices they make, choices which not only have global repercussions but also create history. These three institutions are also becoming increasingly inter linked and the top individuals of each institution form the elite of the United States.
Mills states that this is primarily due to the fact that after 1939 the elite have shifted their attention from domestic problems to international problems which have revolved around war and its economic incentives.
Mills then highlights three reasons for the unity among the men that form the power elite. The first is the fact that most of them come from similar families, enjoy much the same lifestyle and are of similar educational...

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