Silverstein, Sanford
September 1971
International Review of Modern Sociology;Sep71, Vol. 1 Issue 2, p166
Academic Journal
The article focuses on the development of new sociology in the U.S. The views of sociologist C. Wright Mills state the difficulties of understanding a rapidly changing complex modern world and express his hope for the development of a historically relevant sociology committed to aiding human beings face the struggles of their daily lives. Mills did not believe in what he considered to be overly abstracted, essentially philosophical, systems of sociological theory. In his view, much of the work of sociologists like Talcott Parsons had no demonstrable relevance to understanding a modem social milieu which increasingly causes many individuals a great deal of personal suffering. Mills has had a profound influence on recent sociology in the U.S. His writings are particularly popular among young sociologists, students and members of the lay public Unfortunately, but predictably, Mills' criticisms of the profession of sociology practiced in his day, and of the establishment to which he believed the profession was beholden, resulted in his being treated as an outs caste rather than a prophet or simply as a sociologist interested in influencing the direction of the development of his chosen profession.


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