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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Engaging, and a meaningful contribution to social philosophy, but really only for people interested in the larger genealogy of this current of philosophy.

Bottomore notes that Pareto and Mosca were offering up theories of the elites, and 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. See, however, von Alemann Presidential address Given, but no text available. Galih Yoga rated it it was amazing Sep 24, Thanks for telling us about the problem.

Nonetheless, I think the book continues to be a useful introduction the concepts of elites, and the difficulties of definition, especially if you can find an old Pelican edition in a second-hand bookshop Cole to create a body of socialists without party or state ties; Stuart Hall, a leading figure in what shortly became the New Left, was involved, as were others in Oxford.

Apr 08, Steve Dewey rated it liked it Shelves: It was in his term that the idea of having a formal presidential address was [re]introduced — minutes treat the idea as a novelty – although a rather short time slot was allocated to it. In his usual clear and accessible style, Bottomore looks at the principal theories of elites from Mosca and Pareto to those of present day theorists, and examines the characteristics of particular elites in relation to the upper classes and class structures in other industrially advanced societies and developing countries.


Meagan rated it liked it Feb 21, 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.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Want to Read saving…. His papers are available in the London School of Economics archives. Jun 16, Jessica rated it really liked it Shelves: 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.

Luckily von Alemannin a general article on the World Congress, provides a short summary. 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.

Thanks to William Outhwaite for also providing some information. David rated it liked it Jul 02, Open Preview See a Problem?

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Nemanja Sh rated it liked it Aug 02, I first read this about 40 years ago. Posts heldmilitary service Staff Captain, General Headquarters, India, ;based in Vienna to work on such topics as Austrian economic statistics [dates? Dated, yet interesting, account of social theory.

David Benbow rated it really liked it Jan 12, It was interesting to re-read it. Stuart Elliott rated it really liked it Feb 25, 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.


There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Josie rated it really liked it Mar 21, Eunice Coronado rated it it was amazing Sep 02, I have a soft spot for this strand of writing, but this book is a bit dated.

Their theories thus exemplify the complexities and slipperiness particular to this sociological term. Bottomore makes a case for the theory of elites of Mosca and Pareto as political theories – that is, not merely as prescriptive, as descriptive. The Marxism of Tom Bottomore is relentlessly and uncompromisingly orthodox. Refresh and try again. The book provides an introduction to the theory of elites up until the early s, mainly based on the work of Pareto, M I first read this about 40 years ago.

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. The rationalisation of social life could, he suggested, be addressed in many ways.

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This is a great place to start if you need to understand eelites of the basic principles of the term “elite” and its origins. Shavell Smalling rated it it was amazing Dec 15, 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.

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