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
Chapter 1 argues that the vividness of 'society' as a distinct domain of inquiry has
gradually disappeared with the rise of neo-liberalism and postmodernism, which
are roughly the political and philosophical sides of the same world-historic ...
The 14th century Muslim scholar, Ibn Khaldun, had produced the earliest attempt
at laws of historical change that displayed the modern social scientific aspiration
of systematically interrelating political, cultural, economic, and even ecological ...
Both capitalists and socialists concurred that the right political economy would
enable everyone to function as full-fledged members of society. Thus, the
increasing political and economic disparities in advanced capitalist societies –
Table 3.1 The political landscape before and after socialism Protectionist
Emancipationist Anthropocentric 19th century Conservatism 21st century Neo-
Liberalism Species egalitarian 21st century Ecologism 19th century Liberalism ...
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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