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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... imagination from Hobbes to Darwin presupposes a world of scarce material
resources , in which staying alive is the order of the day ( Fukuyama , 1992 : 143 -
61 ) . This leads to an identification of rationality with risk - averse strategies .
Rather , his insights are the product of imaginative interpretations of earlier
philosophers and the current popular science literature . Given that the
theoretical tastes of the sociologists attracted to Deleuze veer in the same
direction , it is easy to ...
The New Sociological Imagination Specifically , it does not reflect a first - order
desire for goods that are enjoyed privately , or ' excludably ' , as economists
would put it . Rather , it is a secondorder ' desire to be desired ' that cannot be ...
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