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 that social theorists were no less parochial
than any other speciality and were especially allergic to the sort of reflexive ...
My Gothic imagery is partly inspired by the Gulbenkian Commission on the future
of the social sciences convened by the world-systems theorist Immanuel
Wallerstein (1996). It concluded that the very idea of the social sciences –
The social sciences came into their own during the 18th century European
Enlightenment, when political theorists began to argue for a more integral
connection between a state and its inhabitants than had been previously urged –
by, say, ...
... it was never enough to catch up with the increases in wealth made by the rich.
The result was an intensification of existing class divisions, or 'relative deprivation
', which capitalist theorists could only attempt to explain away by invoking such ...
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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