Critics: Political Elites and Ethnoclasses (1977–1987)

Part of the Sociology Transformed book series (SOTR)


In the late 1970s the atmosphere in the discipline of sociology started to change. “Consensus sociology” enticed a lot of criticism, and various strands of “conflict sociology” evolved and challenged it. From the critical point of view, mainstream sociology was blind to the role of power, domination, and struggle in society, and to the divergence of interests and identities that had riven it. Political elites and ethno classes were the first approachs to contest modernization theory.


Charles W. Mills Conflict sociology Critical sociology Deborah Bernstein Immanuel Wallerstein  Political elites Ethnoclasses Marxism Public sociology Shlomo Swirski Yonathan Shapiro 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Sociology and AnthropologyBen Gurion University of the NegevBeer ShevaIsrael

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