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April 1965

Men at the Top.

Arch Intern Med. 1965;115(4):511. doi:10.1001/archinte.1965.03860160137036

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It is said that the mark of every specialist is to work out a vocabulary which is distinctive to his own self or at least to his own craft, which is only roughly distinguishable by enlightened persons and completely unintelligible to the average person. Sociologists are subject to this trend, as evidenced by the author, who teaches organizational theory at Cornell University and has been a consultant in psychological warfare and political symbolization for the United States government.

His proposition is simple: Who makes the key decisions in communities? He analyzes the social survey analysis of influential individuals in two small communities in New York State, with populations of 8,500 and 6,000, respectively. Does wealth, education, political power, or what other asset make one man sit in the seat of the mighty? The author systematically checks the educational, economic, and social background of individuals who have participated in farreaching decisions.

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