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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A sense of just how much the world has changed since Mills' day can be gleaned
by glancing at the terms and definitions listed in this book's Glossary, only about
half of which he would recognize. I have delivered parts of this book on various ...
The basic problem with this caricature is that it conflates matters relating to one's
sense of loca- tion and destination in history. If people's minds simply reflected
their environments, there would be no need for the sociology of knowledge.
After all, deviance presupposes a strong sense of 'normativity', which after Michel
Foucault has acquired a negative connotation that Durkheim would not have
recognized. Instead of a Durkheimian focus on the sense of inclusiveness
Thus, Giddens replaced 'theory' in the Marxist sense of a second-order
epistemological critique with a less threatening Wittgensteinian first-order
mapping of the lived social ontology, or 'lifeworld', a project comfortably nestled
between Winch ...
Both have been classically concerned with a sense of reality that transcends the
contingencies of place and time. This has been tied to a sense of knowing that is
largely contemplative and sometimes even disempowering, especially when ...
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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