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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In other words , there is always room for a ' return of the repressed ' , as long as
the past has not been completely segmented from the present in a self -
contained market called ' history ' ( Fuller , 2003a : Chapter 9 ) . In light of the
It was thus largely a residual term designed to cover all so - called ' traditional
forms of social life , ranging from small non - literate tribes that were objects of
both curiosity and contempt by 19th century “ ethnologists ' to the complex Hindu
We live in times inclined to succumb to the doubts expressed in these questions ,
what I called at the start of this book , the casualization of the human condition . It
marks a resurgence of the karmic sensibility that Huxley tried to counteract .
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