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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Open Preview See a Problem? Posts heldmilitary service Staff Captain, General Headquarters, India, ;based in Vienna to work on such topics as Austrian economic statistics [dates?

When the LSE socieyt 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.

No trivia or quizzes yet. His book on radical thought in North America, much in tune with the temper of the time, was the fruit of his years in Canada. John rated it it was amazing Dec 24, Professor, University of Sussex, England, It was an interesting read, and historically its always interesting to look back at the theories that were popular decades ago.

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Linus Ragnhage rated it liked it Dec 09, ISA participation, main roles: David Benbow rated it really liked it Jan 12, Engaging, and a meaningful contribution to social philosophy, but really only for people interested in the larger genealogy of this current of philosophy. Bottomore also contrasts what might be called natural elites – elites by class, property, old money – with other elites – the intellectuals, the bureaucratic elites, new-moneyed elites, and so on.


Dated, yet interesting, account of sofiety theory. This is a great place to start if you need to understand some of the basic principles of the term “elite” and its origins.

Abi Hydyrov rated it it was amazing Aug 10, Trivia About Elites and Society.

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Bottomore always had strong political interests, though his political activity was mainly on the intellectual front. Galih Yoga rated it it was amazing Sep 24, There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Jul 28, Seth rated it liked it. The final chapter thus attempts to show how a Marxian triumph of the proletariat would abnegate the elite, would, in fact, lead to the disappearance of the elite.

This evaluation draws attention to his important contribution in the translation of important and neglected works, and in writing and editing works which diffused knowledge more widely.

Classes in Modern Eiltes and Elites and Society As a young man he was briefly a socieyy of the Communist Party, and for the rest of his life was politically committed to socialism. 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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Elites and Society by T.B. Bottomore

Apr 08, Steve Dewey rated it liked it Shelves: He concludes by examining the prospects for more egalitarian forms of society as humanity approaches the new millennium in which democracy is increasingly qnd ideology of choice. I picked it up again because of the current talk about obsession with elites, and the thought that people on different sides of the debate are talking about different kinds of elite; or perhaps, about groups that are elites, but nonetheless are of different political persuasions within that general term.

While a number of theorists have studied the “power elite,” the Marxist notion of a ruling class, many more have followed the theories of Pareto and Mosca, who use the term “elite” to critique Marxism, the very philosophy from which this concept first originated.

The fact that it was written in the zociety rather stunts it’s scope, but a worthy read none the less.

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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. Presidential address Given, but no text available. Return to Book Page. Jose rated it liked it Nov 07,