What Did C. Wright Mills Mean By Power Elite?

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1. What did C. Wright Mills mean by the term "power elite"? How do the power elite manage to maintain their influence? Has the power elite become more or less Mills introduced the term in the 1950s? In the 1950s, C. Wright Mills explained that power is, “the ability to get your way despite resistence” (Henslin, 2014, p. 226). This ability he added, is only owned by a few members of society. On a national level, those who possesed this power in the U.S. were considered power elites. This includes the leaders of large corporations, high ranking military officials and politicians who have the leverage to control big national issues. This power is gained …show more content…
There are three unique types of social mobility. The first includes intergenerational mobility, upward social mobility, and downward social mobility. Intergenerational mobility is the change that family members make in the social class. For example, if I evetually purchased a succesful car dealership, this would positively affect my families economic standing, especailly if I kept this buisness in the family. Upward social mobility is just an individual’s movement up the social class ladder, and downward social mobility is precisely the opposite. The second sector of social mobility is known as structural mobility. The difference between this economic movement is that it deals more with the changes in the structure of society, rather than the actions of an individual. For instance, structural mobility can be understood by observing how small business owners are negatively affected by this recession because the shoppers have less buying power. The last type of mobility is known as exchange mobility. Henslin (2014) describes this term as, “a large number of people moving up the social class ladder, while a large number move down; it is as though they have exchanged places…” (p. 237). This can be seen when looking at the media business. As television and online news become more and more popular, the need for the newspaper is becoming obselete. This negatively affects those working for the newspaper, while …show more content…
Prejudice can be both positive as well as negative. Usually though, it is negative judement of another individual or group that has been established by the influence of society. Descrimination on the other hand, is the actual act or unfair treatment of another individual or group. This treatment can be based on many different reasons. People descriminate based on sex, age, height, weight, skin color, race, ethnicity, social/economic class, disability, religious and political views. When this discrimination goes do far as to where an individual treats someone else in an unfair manner because of their race, then it is considered racism. I belive it is very possible to be prejudice and to not discriminate. I think in some way or another, we are all prejuduce. Nobody can tell me that they have never thought something either positive or negative about another group just because that group is different from their own. Nonetheless, although we have these initial judgment of others, in no way should we ever treat someone in a way that makes them seem inferior. On the contrary, the act of discrimination does in fact require a social prejudice. If you are truly acting in an unfair manner to someone else solely because they are different than you, then you have definitely have had prejudice views toward that person or group. The

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