Diversity in the Power Elite: How it Happened, why it Matters

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Rowman & Littlefield, 2006 - Social Science - 267 pages
This book looks systematically at the extent to which Jews, women, African Americans, Latinos, Asians and gay men and lesbians have entered the higher circles of power that constituted what sociologist C. Wright Mills called 'the power elite.' Using a deft combination of academic research and telling anecdotes, the book examines the backgrounds and careers of such well-known members of the power elite as attorney general Alberto Gonzales, secretary of state Condoleezza Rice, former secretary of state Colin Powell, and former CEO of Hewlett-Packard Carly Fiorina to explain why and how the power elite has diversified and the effect this diversification has had on the way power works in the United States.
 

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Contents

Has the Power Elite Become Diverse?
Jews in the Power Elite
9
Women in the Power Elite
43
Blacks in the Power Elite
85
Latinos in the Power Elite
137
Asian Americans in the Power Elite
167
Gay Men and Lesbians in the Power Elite
197
The Ironies of Diversity
223
Index
247
About the Authors
261
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\Richard L. Zweigenhaft is Dana Professor of Psychology at Guilford College, where he chairs the social science division and directs the communications concentration. G. William Domhoff is a Research Professor at the University of California, Santa Cruz. They have coauthored four books together: Jews in the Protestant Establishment (1982), Blacks in the White Establishment: A Study of Race and Class in America (1991), Diversity in the Power Elite: Have Women and Minorities Reached the Top? (1998), and Blacks in the White Elite: Will the Progress Continue? (2003).

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