The New Sociological Imagination
SAGE, 2006 M02 7 - 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. The book:
This book sets the agenda for imagining sociology in the 21st century and will attract students and professionals alike.
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Perhaps that is also why the 'critical' posture of social science typically feeds off the world as it is without saying much to its inhabitants about how it ought to be. A final sign of our Undead status might be the increasing success ...
Perhaps a death rattle from sociology's pedagogical trenches may be heard in courses relating to something called 'deviance', which retain their traditional popularity, though the word nowadays appears in scare quotes and researchers ...
Perhaps the last original thinker in this tradition was James Coleman. In contrast, the members of the Mises Circle wanted to turn the clock back to the 18th century Scottish Enlightenment, that is, when 'civil society' was still an ...
Schutz's legacy is perhaps strongest today in Anthony Giddens, who has risen over the past two decades from prolific textbook writer to the architect of Tony Blair's 'third way' (itself an Orwellian re-working of an old phrase for the ...
If, as György Lukács maintained, journalism is the commodification of spontaneity, perhaps then social theorizing in the Giddensian mode constitutes spontaneity's reification. The above developments have subverted the social scientific ...
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Chapter 5 Towards a Renewal of Welfare and the Rediscovery of British Sociology
Todays Orwellian Turn in Social Science
Chapter 10 Who or What Deserves Our Sympathy?
Humanity as the Endangered Species of Our Times
Chapter 11 The Coming WorldHistoric Struggle in Science and Religion
Chapter 12 Understanding the Fundamentalist Backlash against Secularism
The Sarwinian Turn in Development Policy
Chapter 14 Might we become Nazis in Paradise?
Is there no Escape from Human Nature?
The Biological Challenge to Social Science
Chapter 7 The Hidden Biological Past of Classical Social Theory
Chapter 8 Making the Difference between Sociology and Biology Matter Today
The Struggle for Marxs Successor