The macro-sociology of John Porter

Forcese, Dennis P.
December 1981
Canadian Review of Sociology & Anthropology;Dec81, Vol. 18 Issue 5, p651
Academic Journal
The article focuses on sociologist John Porter's views on the concept of macrosociology. Porter's sociology was fundamental as it dealt with total society and macro-features and properties. It was also fundamental in its moral inspiration. The concentration of economic power appalled him, and led to his elite analysis, as the initial component of his study of stratification in Canada. Porter devoted himself to intervention and change in the society. He viewed sociology as a medium and content that were inherently ideological and with consequences for the quality of a society. This attitude is evident in his contribution to the study of Canadian stratification. His work "The Vertical Mosaic: An Analysis of Social Class and Power," is often characterized as a study of elites in Canada. The book attempted an account of the integrated structure of institutionalized inequality in Canada. The article discusses Porter's contribution towards the development of macrosociology. He sought a macrosociology which was capable of both explanation and evaluation, incorporating a strong element of human values.


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