International Journal of English Research

International Journal of English Research


International Journal of English Research
International Journal of English Research
Vol. 3, Issue 3 (2017)

Totalizing power Grids: Using elite theory in Player Piano


Febin James

This article entitled "Totalizing Power Grids: Using Elite Theory in Player Piano" is an expository study of elite influence in the world politics and how the elites occupy a superior position in their society. In every nation there are presences of elites who influence the government in policy making. The dystopian novel Player Piano by the American novelist Kurt Vonnegut, takes place in a post-third world war setting, in which factory workers have been replaced by machines. Vonnegut’s main concern is with the price humanity will have to pay with the ever increasing rates of mechanization and automation. In the introductory chapter a brief summary of the novel is provided. Kurt Vonnegut in his Player Piano paints a future America where a technocratic oligarchy has established a corporate command economy. The first chapter briefly presents the cardinal tenets of “elite theory” of Gaetano Mosca which analyzes rule by organised minority. It also provides a short biography of Mosca. The second chapter illustrates how the organised minority of elites grow and how they possess enormous authority over not just governmental, but financial, educational, social, civic, and cultural institutions as well. The third chapter shows how elites intrude into the national matters.
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Febin James. Totalizing power Grids: Using elite theory in Player Piano. International Journal of English Research, Volume 3, Issue 3, 2017, Pages 81-84
International Journal of English Research