The New Sociological Imagination
Pine Forge Press, 2006 M02 7 - 240 pages
C. Wright Mills' classic The Sociological Imagination has inspired generations of students to study Sociology. However, the book is nearly half a century old. What would a book address, aiming to attract and inform students in the 21st century? This is the task that Steve Fuller sets himself in this major new invitation to study Sociology. The book:
This book sets the agenda for imagining sociology in the 21st century and will attract students and professionals alike.
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Before the fall of the Soviet Union in 1989, socialists could claim they had done a
better job of uniting theory and practice than capitalists. Socialists had generally
succeeded in raising the welfare of the bottom end of their societies, typically at ...
The welfare state was then seen as facilitating socialist reforms in countries with
atavistically strong capitalist traditions, not (as today) providing a temporary
safeguard in nations that have yet to master the laws of the market. As it turned
Table 3.1 The political landscape before and after socialism Protectionist
Emancipationist Anthropocentric 19th ... the political landscape of Europe as
socialist and social democratic parties, as well as their distinctive forms of
We tend to forget that one of socialism's achievements was to wed a broadly
utilitarian, proscience and proindustry ... de Condorcet and Auguste Comte,
extended through the various socialist movements of the last 200 years, and was
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