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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Society. We social scientists are the Academic undead who restlessly roam the
earth dreaming of a world filled with 'social facts' that we mistake for the actual
world we no longer quite inhabit. This hypothesis would certainly explain why we
They're casting their problem on society. And, you know, there is no such thing as
society. There are individual men and women, and there are families. And no
government can do anything except through people, and people must look to ...
For both, 'sociology' sounds pretentious, suggesting a rather grandiose
conception of society above and beyond what (policy) clients or (student)
constituents are willing to countenance. Yet, were they to view these matters from
the grave, ...
Socialists had generally succeeded in raising the welfare of the bottom end of
their societies, typically at the cost of lowering it at the top end. And that is exactly
as the socialists would have wanted it. For, even if not all socialists held the rich ...
The concept of welfare was meant to capture a collective inheritance to which
each member of society contributed and from which each benefited, though – as
Marx stressed – not according to some default biologically based principle.
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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