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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For Tarde , the regular occurrence of deviance was sufficient to justify the state as
a vehicle of containment ( not transformation ) , at least until some abnormal
individual or event succeeded in shifting the de facto norm , which in turn would ...
... Turner's Brave New Sociology , ' the social ' is reducible to a collection of traits
possessed by individuals ( the neo - liberal turn ) and , moreover , these traits are
defined such that their possessors need not be humans ( the ecological turn ) .
Moreover , competitive altruism cannot be assimilated to the ' reciprocal altruism '
introduced by Robert Trivers ( 1971 ) , which tries to turn altruism into a form of
extended self - interest whereby one gives to another expecting to receive ...
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