C. Wright Mills, Freud, and the Psychosocial Imagination

  • Lynn Chancer
Part of the Studies in the Psychosocial book series (STIP)


The name “C. Wright Mills” may be best known to twentieth century students through the book The Sociological Imagination (1958) and through Mills’ commonly quoted statement that sociology can be defined by how “personal troubles” and “public issues” interrelate. However despite two new works by Stanley Aronowitz and Jock Young about the ongoing relevance of Mills’ ideas (Aronowitz, 2012; Young, 2011) to sociology and criminology, Mills seems less influential in contemporary US sociology than, by contrast, the relatively more fashionable (at present) French theorists Pierre Bourdieu and Michel Foucault.


Feminist Theory Public Issue Symbolic Interactionism Public Sociologist Power Elite 
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