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.
... by those both in and out of academia who wonder what the field adds that cannot be already gleaned from the humanities and/or the natural sciences.
On the other hand, the history of the natural sciences can be told as a long struggle ... and 'positivist' approach to science represented by Francis Bacon, ...
... integrity of social science. The normative retreat from 'humanity' to 'human nature' to simply 'nature' entailed by Singer's 'Darwinian Left' is further ...
... modern evolutionary theory as the burden that social science needs to overcome to maintain its autonomy from the natural sciences.
The above developments have subverted the social scientific imagination from opposing sides – that is, from the humanities and the natural sciences.
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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