C. Wright Mills

Sociologist C. Wright Mills believed sociology should be used to advocate for social change and he disapproved of “abstract empiricalism.”


C. Wright Mills was born on August 28, 1916, in Waco, Texas. He graduated with his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin in 1941and joined Columbia University’s faculty. He was critical of intellectual sociology and believed sociologists should use their information to advocate for social change. He wrote prolifically on the subject, but died at the age of 45 from heart disease.

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