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Start your review of Elites and Society Write a review Shelves: sociology , non-fiction , social-theory I first read this about 40 years ago.
It was interesting to re-read it. I picked it up again because of the current talk about obsession with elites, and the thought that people on different sides of the debate are talking about different kinds of elite; or perhaps, about groups that are elites, but nonetheless are of different political persuasions within that general term. The book provides an introduction to the theory of elites up until the early s, mainly based on the work of Pareto, I first read this about 40 years ago.
The book provides an introduction to the theory of elites up until the early s, mainly based on the work of Pareto, Mosca and Mills. 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.
Bottomore makes a case for the theory of elites of Mosca and Pareto as political theories - that is, not merely as prescriptive, as descriptive.
Bottomore also contrasts what might be called natural elites - elites by class, property, old money - with other elites - the intellectuals, the bureaucratic elites, new-moneyed elites, and so on.
These chapters are interesting, because these are still the elites we think of, the elites that I hear discussed and criticised, the people in which power is concentrated to the detriment of others. The last chapter in interesting as a historical text, as Bottomore is a sociologist of his time -- a typical midth century British Marxist academic "a prolific editor and translator of Marxist works", as Wikipedia notes.
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. Bottomore cites more than once the forward-looking, progressive, Yugoslavian industry. 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
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