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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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 politics in today's post - Marxist world , but in practice it
In any case , by the time we get to Dawkins ' talk of selfish genes , we have left
Adam Smith's defence of rational self - interest in the mists of our Enlightenment
past . We have already encountered the third source of misdirection in Peter ...
In short , the Darwinian Left's moral compass is fixed on avoiding a dystopian
future that presupposes that Homo sapiens is materially more advanced than it
really is . Thus , instead of continuing to reduce the difference between the
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