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 ... On the other hand , there has
always been popular talk of social reforms as ' going against human nature ' , and
even the ...
scientists have promoted ' consensus conferences ' and ' citizen juries ' as
intermediary bodies whose decisions are ... The former captures what marks the
social sciences from the natural sciences , the latter what marks it from the
Actually , only those imbued with the spirit of social science recoil . ... ( 1988 ) , it
is unlikely that the social sciences ever intended , let alone succeeded , to bridge
the ' two cultures problem ? between the humanities and natural sciences .
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