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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Steve Fuller. Preface. Several years ago Sujatha Raman urged me to write a
book explicitly dedicated to 'social theory', since it was clear that social theorists
were no less parochial than any other speciality and were especially allergic to
Steve Fuller. Introduction. My starting point is that sociology, as the flagship
discipline of the social sciences, is suffering from an identity crisis. The crisis is
epitomized by those both in and out of academia who wonder what the field adds
Steve Fuller. ONE. Tales. of. the. Academic. Undead. The. Mysterious.
Disappearance. of. Society. We social scientists are the Academic undead who
restlessly roam the earth dreaming of a world filled with 'social facts' that we
mistake for the ...
Steve Fuller. TWO. The. Social. Sciences. at. Risk. A. Brief. History. of. the. Stakes
. In the broad sweep of history, the rise of the social sciences marks an important
stage in the secularization of the monotheistic religious perspective represented
Steve Fuller. THREE. Socialism. as. the. Elusive. Synthesis. at. the. Heart. of.
Social. Science. 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.
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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