100 Books: 100 Texts That Influenced My Thinking–The Power Elite by C. Wright Mills

Franz Leopold Neumann’s book Behemoth: The Structure and Practice of National Socialism, a study of how Nazism came into power in a democracy like Germany, had major impact on sociologist C. Wright Mills, specifically manifest in his seminal 1956 text, The Power Elite. He once claimed that Behemoth had given him the “tools to grasp […]

Oscar Book: Road to Gold

The Road to Gold: America’s Obsession with  the Oscar Awards Emanuel Levy, Ph.D. Professor of Film and Sociology www.EmanuelLevy.com Cinema 24/7   Table of Contents Introduction Chapter 1: Who Cares about the Oscars? Why we keep talking and watching the Oscars Chapter 2: History of the Oscars (categories, membership) The Oscar Award was established in […]

100 Books: Texts That Shaped My Thinking–Howard S. Becker’s Outsiders

Becker, Howard S. Outsiders. One of the most groundbreaking sociology texts, Howard S. Becker’s Outsiders is a thorough exploration of social deviance and how it can be addressed in an understanding manner. A thoroughly researched exploration of social deviance and the application of what is known as “labeling theory” to the studies of deviance. With […]

Queer Eye: Jonathan Van Ness Discusses his Memoir, Over the Top

Jonathan Van Ness, the Queer Eye star, discusses his HIV-positive diagnosis, abuse as a child, and more in his memoir Over the Top, which debuts September 24. Van Ness, who’s 32, spoke to The New York Times ahead of the memoir’s release, centering on his health and drug addiction.  “I’ve had nightmares every night for […]

Film and Myth

Select Biblio: Slotkin, Richard. Regeneration through Violence: The Mythology of the American Frontier, 1600-1800.  Wesleyan University Press, 1978. Share this: