The New Sociological Imagination
SAGE, 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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... pastiche of Karl Marx, Max Weber and Émile Durkheim (and perhaps one or
two others), whereby the understanding of European reality in the first decade of
the dearly departed 20th century is treated not as a graveyard of defunct ideals
Although no one seriously questions the status of Durkheim and Weber as
founding fathers, they were contemporaries in neighbouring countries who never
took much interest in each other's work. Their mutual ignorance cannot be
Yet, were they to view these matters from the grave, Durkheim and Weber could
have finally agreed on the value of the term ... Durkheim's and Weber's
contributions to the foundation of sociology appear Janus-faced because of the
Scepticism about a distinct realm of social facts sui generis above and beyond
the default patterns of history emerged as soon as Durkheim published his Rules
of the Sociological Method in 1895 (Gane, 1988). Nevertheless, the objections ...
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Chapter 5 Towards a Renewal of Welfare and the Rediscovery of British Sociology
Todays Orwellian Turn in Social Science
Chapter 10 Who or What Deserves Our Sympathy?
Humanity as the Endangered Species of Our Times
Chapter 11 The Coming WorldHistoric Struggle in Science and Religion
Chapter 12 Understanding the Fundamentalist Backlash against Secularism
The Sarwinian Turn in Development Policy
Chapter 14 Might we become Nazis in Paradise?
Is there no Escape from Human Nature?
The Biological Challenge to Social Science
Chapter 7 The Hidden Biological Past of Classical Social Theory
Chapter 8 Making the Difference between Sociology and Biology Matter Today
The Struggle for Marxs Successor