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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Economists tend to see the value of new knowledge as a product of the scarcity
associated with its origins , typically in self ... Thus , tacit knowledge is valued
more highly than explicit knowledge , often figuring as the ' something extra ' that
The second interesting feature of bioprospecting is its reversal of the economic
orthodoxy when it comes to locating the source of value in new knowledge .
Economists tend to see the value of new knowledge as a product of the scarcity ...
To be sure , these products will benefit some more than others , but then that is
suited to a science whose knowledge claims are statistically grounded and
hence cannot guarantee returns on investment . Moreover , by loosening their
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