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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My starting point is that sociology, as the flagship discipline of the social sciences
, is suffering from an identity crisis. The crisis is epitomized by those both in and
out of academia who wonder what the field adds that cannot be already gleaned
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
Broadly speaking, it was this Comtean image of social science that enabled its
development to be aligned with the growth ... Generally speaking, social
scientists have provided a layer of mediation between the governors and the
governed in ...
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