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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Yet, the torrent of academic texts propagated to captive classroom audiences, repeatedly announcing a 'postmodern', 'postsocial' or even 'post-human' condition, amounts to just that – what used to be called, with Hitler and Stalin in ...
Indeed, the postmodern revival of the quasi-pejorative 'utopian' to capture the aspirational nature of the human project suggests that failure is inevitable. Lest we capitulate too willingly to this judgement, let us now survey what is ...
... 'abjection' has acquired a significance that Marxists had previously reserved for the opposite movement, 'projection'. This newfound fatalism has been especially influential in French postmodern thought. It is ultimately explainable ...
influential in French postmodern thought. It is ultimately explainable as a reaction to the decline of the Soviet Union, which had been the original basis of Jean-Paul Sartre's effusive claims about the prospects for collective action ...
Indeed, today's postmodern purveyors of identity politics, who aspire to a 'separate but equal' multiculturalism, say much the same thing but appear more politically radical because they are writing after an additional 150 years of what ...
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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