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 bioprospecting , knowledge that a eugenicist can use to control the means by
which others reproduce themselves coincides with the knowledge a capitalist can
use to control the means by which others increase their wealth . We have thus ...
... the means of production ( ' labour ' ) whereas the Austrians subsume human
activity under the general category of ... including humans , are mere means , if
not outright obstacles , to expediting the rate of wealth production , a process that
However , as a political theory , Darwinism makes species survival the ultimate
good , even if this means sacrificing or manipulating individual members of a
given species , including our own . Thus , Singer notoriously - albeit consistently
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