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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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
In the broad sweep of history, the rise of the social sciences marks an important
stage in the secularization of the ... On the one hand, the natural sciences
traditionally have presupposed that everything can be studied in terms of their '
On the one hand, the natural sciences arose from two observation-based
disciplines, natural history and astronomy, whose objects – organic species and
celestial bodies – were thought to have existed forever. On the other hand, there
In contrast, the social sciences adhere to the maxim that the best way to study
human beings is to interact with them, typically ... it is worth observing two senses
in which the natural sciences might be seen as the basis for the social sciences.
scientists have promoted 'consensus conferences' and 'citizen juries' as
intermediary bodies whose decisions are ... The former captures what marks the
social sciences from the natural sciences, the latter what marks it from 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