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Houston: Cap and Gown Press. W. 1951. White Collar. New York: Oxford University Press. ______. 1956. The Power Elite. New York: Oxford University Press. ______. 1959. The Sociological Imagination. New York: Oxford University Press. Porter, John. 1965. The Vertical Mosaic: An Analysis of Class and Power. Toronto: University of Toronto Press. Ritzer, George. 2000. ). New York: McGraw-Hill. CHAPTER 3 Class and Power: The Major Themes JOHN PORTER THE CANADIAN MIDDLE CLASS IMAGE One of the most persistent images that Canadians have of their society is that it has no classes.

Com/Sociological%20Theory/sociological%20Theorists. com/Sociological%20Theory/Parsons,%20TalcoĴ/parsons,_talcoĴ. htm 37 This page intentionally left blank PART II Class, Conflict, and the State A љѡѕќѢєѕ ѠѡџѢѐѡѢџюљ ѓѢћѐѡіќћюљіѠњ џђњюіћђё іћѓљѢђћѡіюљ іћ Aњђџіѐюћ sociology into the 1960s, a theoretical shiĞ in sociological thought was on the horizon. In 1959, C. Wright Mills published The Sociological Imagination, in which he criticized Parsons for developing a “grand theory” that is neither “readily understandable nor altogether intelligible” (p.

But the general formulae do not solve the specific problems. The task is to unravel the complex paĴerns of interaction between the two classes of factors. It is in this kind of a context that the distinction between manifest and latent function becomes significant. In general only within limited ranges and to a limited extent are the consequences that the sociologist takes as his standard for the analysis of the systemic significance of actions explicitly intended by the actor, individual, or collective.

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