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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Thus , sociology became the science of and for the welfare state , the political
rubric under which ' society ' travelled . Perhaps the last original thinker in this
tradition was James Coleman . In contrast , the members of the Mises Circle
wanted to ...
Perhaps the strongest Neo - Darwinian argument against the existence of a
divine creator is the amount of genetic wastage at various stages in the life cycle .
For this reason , the kind of ' selection ' that nature metaphorically performs is ...
... to lower both the criteria for an adequate human existence ( namely to the
minimization of suffering ) and the tolerance for individual humans who fail to
meet those criteria ( namely the disabled , the infirm , perhaps even the unwanted
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