, Volume 56, Issue 3, pp 241–245 | Cite as

Social Science and a Responsible Establishment

  • William WestonEmail author
Symposium: New Measures, New Ideas


Sociology already has a well-developed mission to help rising classes fight inequality. Sociology has an equal duty, and already has the tools, to help the dominant classes become responsible leaders of society as a whole. Following Bourdieu’s focus on the composition of capital, we can see that the knowledge-class fraction of the dominant class has the tools to teach the corporate-class fraction of the dominant class – and their children – to become a responsible establishment for the benefit of society as a whole.


Establishment Composition of capital Meritocracy Cognitive elite Social responsibility Knowledge class Corporate class Bourdieu Baltzell Tocqueville Domhoff Mills Charles Murray 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centre CollegeDanvilleUSA

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