Explain the main assumptions of C.W. Mills’ power-elite theory and his arguments about which social groups dominate U.S. society and how.

Sociology 169

Paper #1 is due by 5pm on Friday, 4/28 Length: 4-5 pages, typed, double-spaced 12-point font

Explain the main assumptions of C.W. Mills’ power-elite theory and his arguments about which social groups dominate U.S. society and how.

Explain how Mills’ assumptions relate to the main assumptions of conflict theories generally and Max Weber’s perspective on the state and political conflict in particular. Critically evaluate the strengths and/or weaknesses of Mills’ power-elite theory.

Be sure to (1) cite course readings using ASA style and (2) explain and provide reasons or examples to support your evaluation of Mills’ theory.