The New Sociological Imagination
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.
" critically examines the history of the social sciences to discover what the key contributions of Sociology have been and how relevant they remain
" demonstrates how biological and sociological themes have been intertwined from the beginning of both disciplines, from the 19th century to the present day
" covers virtually all of sociology's classic theorists and themes
" provides a glossary of key thinkers and concepts.
This book sets the agenda for imagining Sociology in the 21st century and will attract students and professionals alike.
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I refer here to the Darwinian Left , a nascent movement that will increasingly
figure in the rest of this book . The Darwinian Left officially aims to revive the
fortunes of progressive pol - or itics in today ' s post - Marxist world , but in
practice it ...
We have already encountered the third source of misdirection in Peter Singer ' s
recent attempt to launch a ' Darwinian Left successor to Marxism , perhaps the
most remarkable feat of karmic politics ever ( Singer , 1999a ) . The Darwinian
Empirically , the injunction issues a reality check on our current place in political
history . I fear that the Darwinian Left presumes that all of humanity already
enjoys – or at least aspires to enjoy – the lifestyle of those people who live in the
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