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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On the one hand , the natural sciences arose from two observation - based
disciplines , natural history and astronomy , whose objects – organic species and
celestial bodies – were thought to have existed forever . On the other hand , there
The former captures what marks the social sciences from the natural sciences ,
the latter what marks it from the humanities . Both words have been invoked to
call into question the status of a species - based human nature . The
However , this is to mistake the import of the Neo - Darwinian synthesis , whereby
experimental genetics and natural history were finally integrated under one
theoretical rubric . Starting with Theodosius Dobzhansky , Genetics and the
Origin of ...
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