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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Several years ago Sujatha Raman urged me to write a book explicitly dedicated
to 'social theory', since it was clear ... structural-functionalism here replaced by
postmodernism) and his conviction that social science is vital to confronting the ...
We social scientists are the Academic undead who restlessly roam the earth
dreaming of a world filled with 'social facts' that we ... This hypothesis would
certainly explain why we can't see ourselves reflected in general histories of
In contrast, the social sciences adhere to the maxim that the best way to study
human beings is to interact with them, typically by getting them to do and say
things that they might not do otherwise. This profoundly simple idea, common to ...
historically final science – is also the one with the capacity to comprehend all that
has gone before it as a coherent point-of-view that can then be used to govern
society. Broadly speaking, it was this Comtean image of social science that ...
scientists have promoted 'consensus conferences' and 'citizen juries' as
intermediary bodies whose decisions are (ideally) binding on government policy
(Fuller, 2003b). The distinctiveness of the social sciences may be summed up in
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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