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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Instead of a constructive engagement , we are presented with yet another , albeit
now postmodern , instance of sociology ' s prostration to biology . Watson argues
that if sociologists are to properly understand affective phenomena , they must ...
... to social reality undermines modernist policy pretensions , it equally
challenges the nostrums associated with postmodernist ... metaphysical
assumptions ; on the contrary , it rejects them at least to the same extent as
postmodernism does .
However , postmodern practitioners of identity politics do not generally mean to
risk transforming or losing their identity in the hope of representing the interests of
humanity . That would be to envisage women or minority ethnic groups as Marx ...
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