The Sociological Imagination

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Oxford University Press, Apr 13, 2000 - Social Science - 256 pages
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C. Wright Mills is best remembered for his highly acclaimed work The Sociological Imagination, in which he set forth his views on how social science should be pursued. Hailed upon publication as a cogent and hard-hitting critique, The Sociological Imagination took issue with the ascendant schools of sociology in the United States, calling for a humanist sociology connecting the social, personal, and historical dimensions of our lives. The sociological imagination Mills calls for is a sociological vision, a way of looking at the world that can see links between the apparently private problems of the individual and important social issues.
 

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Awesome book! It surprisingly critiqued mainstream social science methodology and presented some very challenging concepts for understanding the social world ranging from micro to macro levels of consideration. Read full review

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Contents

1 The Promise
3
2 Grand Theory
25
3 Abstracted Empiricism
50
4 Types of Practicality
76
5 The Bureaucratic Ethos
100
6 Philosophies of Science
119
7 The Human Variety
132
8 Uses of History
143
9 On Reason and Freedom
165
10 On Politics
177
On Intellectual Craftsmanship
195
Acknowledgments
227
Afterword by Todd Gitlin
229
Index
243
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The late C. Wright Mills, Professor of Sociology at Columbia University, was a leading critic of modern American civilization.

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