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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On the one hand , the appeal to meaning has served to remind wouldbe
reformers that effective social change requires recognizing that individuals
already have standpoints that inform their actions - and it is only by starting from
This implies that there is no prima facie value attached to who they already are ,
what they already do , or where they already do it . A more distant , but no less
real , consequence of this elision of mobility and opportunity is a devaluation of ...
The open question , then , is whether those of us already here – regardless of
species and capacities – should take the path of least mutual resistance or try for
an external , arguably ' higher ' , standard that would force some hard decisions .
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