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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They ' re casting their problem on society . And , you know , there is no such thing
as society . There are individual men and women , and there are families . And
no government can do anything except through people , and people must look to
For both , ' sociology ' sounds pretentious , suggesting a rather grandiose
conception of society above and beyond what ( policy ) clients or ( student )
constituents are willing to countenance . Yet , were they to view these matters
from the grave ...
Consider the rhetorical viability of concept of the selfish society , understood not
as a society of selfish individuals but a society that consumes its individual
members just as Dawkins says a gene consumes its organic carriers . To be sure
, it ...
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