The Higher Circles
G. William Domhoff
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The Higher Circles

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Paperback, 367 pages
Published March 12th 1971 by Vintage Books/Random House (first published 1970)
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Erik Graff
Jun 24, 2009 Erik Graff rated it 5 of 5 stars
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G. William Domhoff carried on the work of such sociologists as C. Wright Mills in the study of classes and how they work in the United States of America, focusing particularly on the classes which count: the people who own a disproportionate share of the country, finance its politics and control its government.

Of course, there is the prior question of class itself. Here, Domhoff provides convincing statistics and analyses in favor of the thesis that there is such a thing as a cohesive ruling cla...more
I read this in college -- the sociology department was quite radical. Domhoff is one of the students of C. Wright Mills -- who wrote the Power Elite. This book is quite dated now, but it does show how the elite's children go to the same prep schools, the same ivy league school, belong to the same clubs, and all that. Domhoff has written many books since then. You could look for something more update, but this is the one that got him started.
the section where he explains where he agrees and disagrees
with the far right on the power structure is magnificent
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