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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This book shares Mills' somewhat paranoid political sensibility, his broadly
positivistic methodological sympathies, his allergy to trendy academic Newspeak
(with structural-functionalism here replaced by postmodernism) and his
The crisis is epitomized by those both in and out of academia who wonder what
the field adds that cannot be already gleaned from the humanities and/or the
natural sciences. Even if this question lacked a serious intellectual basis, it would
Indeed, that people, including academics outside the social sciences, normally
find it difficult to accept that ideas have any ... There are three historic precedents
for a distinctive counter-biological sense of 'social selection': religious, academic
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 actual world
we no longer quite inhabit. This hypothesis would certainly explain why we can't
By now the tenor of my response to the claim that social scientists are the
Academic Undead should be clear: Our opponents are trying to turn back the
clock, largely through systematically self-induced amnesia that enables them to
accept the ...
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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