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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Instead an independent sociological understanding of biological knowledge is
required , especially given the rise of ' bioprospecting ' , a heady mix of molecular
biology , medical concern and global capitalism . Chapter 9 introduces Peter ...
Innovation ' Innovation is the first global policy craze of the 21st century . One
could be forgiven for thinking that ' fostering ' , ' seeding ' , and ' nurturing
innovation are the most popular pastimes of public and private sector decision -
All of this led to an increasingly pessimistic attitude toward the prospects for
global development . Biologists started jostling with economists as the gurus of
choice , and the field of development was widened to cover ecological
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