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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Indeed, the ease with which social theory detaches its concerns from empirical
sociology makes it a sitting duck for ideology critique. Little surprise, then, that
social theory's rise as an autonomous field over the past quarter century has ...
My starting point is that sociology, as the flagship discipline of the social sciences
, is suffering from an identity crisis. The crisis is epitomized ... Sociologists
deserve a better grounding for a discipline of historically noble aspirations. The
It would also account for why those of us most protective of the title 'social
scientist' – sociologists – are also most likely to drag any current issue back to a
pastiche of Karl Marx, Max Weber and Émile Durkheim (and perhaps one or two
To be sure, US sociology departments were already paving the way for the post-
Marxist 're-liberalization' of the social order. ... (From a strictly legal standpoint,
one to which the original German sociologists were especially sensitive, these
The question of inheritance – the inter-generational transmission of property –
was central to the establishment of sociology in Germany, France, and the United
States. The concept of welfare was meant to capture a collective inheritance to ...
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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