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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As a young man he was briefly a member of the Communist Party, and for the rest of his life was politically committed to socialism. While, indeed, Yugoslavian industry through the midth century was in part influenced by workers’ councils, this perhaps 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.

Want to Read saving…. Bottomore notes that Pareto and Mosca were offering up theories of the elites, sociwty 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.

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Shavell Smalling rated it it was amazing Dec 15, 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 the job.

In this fully revised classic text, Tom Bottomore poses fundamental questions about the theory and ideology of elites. Bottomore makes a case for the theory of elites of Mosca and Pareto as political theories – that is, not merely as prescriptive, as descriptive. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.


Professor, University of Sussex, England, This is a great place to start if you need to understand some of the basic principles of the term “elite” and its origins. He concludes by examining the prospects for more egalitarian forms of society as humanity approaches the new millennium in which democracy is increasingly the ideology of choice. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

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David Benbow rated it really liked soviety Jan 12, Bottomore always had strong political interests, though his political activity was mainly on the intellectual front. Bottomore cites more than once the forward-looking, progressive, Yugoslavian industry.

ISA participation, main roles: The final chapter thus attempts to show how a Marxian triumph of elitea proletariat would abnegate the elite, would, in fact, lead to the disappearance of the elite. Thanks to William Outhwaite for also providing some information. His papers are available in the London School of Economics archives. The book provides an introduction to the theory of elites up until the early s, mainly based on the work of Pareto, Mosca and Mills.

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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.

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To ask other readers questions about Elites and Societyplease sign up. As a result he offered a paper at the first World Congress [5]as well as later ones, as well as participating in the research group on stratification [6]and made numbers of foreign sociological contacts.

Apr 23, Felix Ortiz rated it liked it. It was an interesting read, and historically its always interesting to look back at the theories that were popular decades ago.

I have a soft spot for this strand of writing, but this book is a bit dated. Dated, yet interesting, account of social theory. I picked it up again because of the current talk about obsession with elites, and the thought that people on different bpttomore of the debate are talking about different kinds of elite; or perhaps, about groups that are elites, but bottomoer are of different political persuasions within that general term.

See, however, von Alemann Jose rated it liked it Nov 07, Return to Book Page. Josie rated it really liked it Mar 21, This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Professor, Simon Fraser University, Canada Elites and Society by T.

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The book provides an introduction to the theory of elites up until the early s, mainly based on amd work of Pareto, M I first read this about 40 years ago. Classes in Modern Society and Elites and Society