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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Broadly speaking , it was this Comtean image of social science that enabled its
development to be aligned with the growth of the nation - state in the 19th and
20th centuries . ( It is also the vision of social science that my own project of
Huxley meant the various ways in which humans have transformed the natural
environment to enable the flourishing of those who , from a strictly biological
standpoint , are by no means the fittest . In his 1893 Romanes Lecture , Huxley ...
The more Gnostic of these thinkers concocted strategies to enable humans to
liberate their divine spirit from their material containers . Secular versions of these
strategies are emblematic of the modern era . Two exemplary projects stand out ...
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