The New Sociological Imagination
SAGE Publications, 2006 M03 3 - 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.
" 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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Chapter 11 distils the issue into a clash of worldviews , albeit one that defies the
current trend to define global tensions in terms of the West's difficulties with Islam
. Indeed , I include Islam with the West as ' anthropic ' cultures , the science in ...
In terms of these defining features of religious societies , the monotheistic '
religions of the book ' ( Judaism , but especially Christianity and Islam ) occupy a
distinctive albeit problematic place because their explicitly universalist
aspirations and ...
However , whereas the Christian world carried forward this heritage into
modernity , the Islamic world remained locked in ... This sense of the threat posed
by Islam in the Orientalist imagination should be strongly distinguished from the
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