Elites and Society [Tom Bottomore] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. In this substantially revised and enlarged second edition of a classic. Elites and Society has 37 ratings and 5 reviews. Steve said: I first read this about 40 years ago. It was interesting to re-read it. I picked it up again. Book Reviews: ELITES AND SOCIETY Tom Bottomore London and New York, Routledge, Second Edition, , $, (paperback) (Distributed in Australia.

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When the LSE gained funds which made more office accommodation available, it was able to offer to house the second secretariat, and Bottomore agreed to take on the task of Executive Secretary; the good French and German that he had acquired through war service and research in Paris, plus his experience in India, were additional qualifications for osciety job.

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It seems not to have lasted very long. These chapters are interesting, because these are still the elites we think of, the elites that I hear discussed and criticised, the people in which power is concentrated to the detriment of others.

The Marxism of Tom Bottomore is relentlessly and uncompromisingly orthodox. His book on radical thought in North America, much in tune with the temper of the time, was the fruit of his years in Canada. I have a soft spot for this strand of writing, but this book is a bit dated. Apparently Bottomore sketched the quantitative growth of the ISA and sociology, and saw it as becoming increasingly a discipline without frontiers, in which there are many different theoretical perspectives such as Marxism, functionalism, positivism, structuralism, which may coexist without claiming priority over each other; none of them can claim priority as dominant, and there is no one strand of development.


I first read this about 40 years ago. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. David Benbow rated it really liked it Jan 12, Josie rated it really liked it Mar 21, It was an interesting read, and historically its always societh to look back at the theories that were popular decades ago. Rinde, Erik and SteinRokkan eds. Apr 08, Steve Dewey rated it liked it Shelves: It is clear from committee minutes that his address was to be on the history of the ISA, in a bottimore when boytomore reached a significant anniversary; that topic is obviously related to his administrative work rather than to his intellectual interests.

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Bottomore cites more than once the forward-looking, progressive, Yugoslavian industry. Bottomore notes that Pareto and Mosca were offering up theories of the elites, and the circulation of elites, in opposition to Marxist currents in social and political thought – theories of the naturalness of elites in contradistinction to the disappearance of elites after the triumph of the proletariat. While, indeed, Yugoslavian industry through the midth century was in part influenced by workers’ councils, this bottomorf progressive attempt at egalitarianism should be set against the fact that an elite – a communist dictatorship, a political fascist elite – ruled the country afterwhich goes unmentioned in the text.


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Elites and Society

Dated, yet interesting, account of social theory. It was interesting to re-read it. It was in his term that the idea of having a formal presidential address was [re]introduced — minutes treat the idea as a novelty – although a rather short time slot was allocated to it.

Angell Georges Friedmann T. The rationalisation of social life could, he suggested, be addressed in many ways.

Abi Hydyrov rated it it was amazing Aug 10, Thanks to William Outhwaite for also providing some information. Trivia About Elites and Society. Their theories thus exemplify the complexities and slipperiness particular to this sociological term.

Preview — Elites and Society by T. John rated it it was amazing Dec 24, Lists with This Book. Bottomore makes a case for the theory of elites of Mosca and Pareto as political theories – that is, not merely as prescriptive, as descriptive.