The New Sociological Imagination

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Pine Forge Press, Feb 7, 2006 - Social Science - 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:

  • 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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Contents

Preface
Desperately Seeking Sociology in the 21st Century
Naturalism
Sociology
The Biological Challenge to Social Science
Today
The Struggle
Who or What Deserves Our Sympathy?
Humanity as the Endangered Species of Our Times
Understanding the Fundamentalist Backlash against Secularism
The Darwinian Turn in Development Policy
Might we become Nazis in Paradise?
Is there no Escape from Human Nature?
References
Index

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Steve Fuller is a Professor of Sociology at Warwick University. Other titles of his include The New Sociological Imagination (SAGE, 2006), and popular The Intellectual (Icon Books, 2006).

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