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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... began from transactions among individuals whose identities rest on family ... among individuals who bear no 'natural' relationship to each other.
... has been the institution of citizenship as imposing obligations on individuals – such as voting, tax payment and military service – that compels them to ...
There are individual men and women, and there are families. And no government can do anything except through people, and people must look to themselves ...
... while Weber saw 'society' as an artificial configuration of individuals best understood through various legal and economic arrangements that enable them ...
... for relating individual and collective perceptions (Platt, 1996: Chapter 3). ... to organized groups over the phenomenology of situated individuals (cf.
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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