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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... that the social sciences can now be absorbed into an ecumenical natural
science of ' sociobiology ' - or ' biosociology ' . ... scientist as ' relativist that
remains a mental obstacle to many philosophers and enables latter - day
Were sociobiology not so singularly beholden to genetics , it would be
considered a natural heir to this tradition . Instead the mantle has fallen to
science and technology studies , whose leading gurus , Bruno Latour and Donna
... 111 , 147 , 153 , 163 , 181 , 207 – 12 , 214 ; see also Marxism Sociobiology 5 ,
29 , 81 , 84 – 5 , 97 , 100 , 134 , 165 , 167 , 183 , 196 , 199 , 208 – 9 , 212 – 13 ;
see also Evolutionary psychology , Wilson Soviet Union 30 - 1 , 80 , 172 Spencer
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