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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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 ...
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 ...
But can the transfer be made ontologically upstream , that is , between an individual and the society of which it is a member ? It seems not . Consider the rhetorical viability of concept of the selfish society , understood not as a ...
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