The Sociological Imagination

Author: C. Wright Mills

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199756346

Category: Social Science

Page: 256

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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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The Sociological Imagination

Author: Ismael Puga

Publisher: CRC Press

ISBN: 1351351664

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C. Wright Mills's 1959 book The Sociological Imagination is widely regarded as one of the most influential works of post-war sociology. At its heart, the work is a closely reasoned argument about the nature and aims of sociology, one that sets out a manifesto and roadmap for the field. Its wide acceptance and popular reception is a clear demonstration of the rhetorical power of Wright's strong reasoning skills. In critical thinking, reasoning involves the creation of an argument that is strong, balanced, and, of course, persuasive. In Mills's case, this core argument makes a case for what he terms the "sociological imagination," a particular quality of mind capable of analyzing how individual lives fit into, and interact with, social structures. Only by adopting such an approach, Mills argues, can sociologists see the private troubles of individuals as the social issues they really are. Allied to this central argument are supporting arguments for the need for sociology to maintain its independence from corporations and governments, and for social scientists to steer away from 'high theory' and focus on the real difficulties of everyday life. Carefully organized, watertight and persuasive, The Sociological Imagination exemplifies reasoned argument at its best.
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Enriching the Sociological Imagination

How Radical Sociology Changed the Discipline

Author: Rhonda F. Levine

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317260392

Category: Social Science

Page: 368

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Since the 1960s, radical sociology has had far more influence on mainstream sociology than many observers imagine. This book pairs seminal articles with new reflective essays written by the founders of progressive sociology, including Fred Block, Edna Bonacich, Samuel Bowles, Herbert Gintis, Val Burris, G. William Domhoff, Richard Flacks, Harvey Molotch, Goran Therborn, and Erik Olin Wright. The book highlights the wider impact of radical sociology and shows how the work of these and other writers has continued to influence sociology's continuing interest in capitalism, class, race, gender, power, and progressive social change. It also describes future directions for a critical sociology relevant to a multicultural and global world.
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C. Wright Mills and the Sociological Imagination

Contemporary Perspectives

Author: John Scott,Ann Nilsen

Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing

ISBN: 1782540032

Category: Social Science

Page: 256

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With renowned international contributors and expert contributions from a range of specialisms, this book will appeal to academics, students and researchers of sociology.
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College and Society

An Introduction to the Sociological Imagination

Author: Stephen Sweet

Publisher: Allyn & Bacon

ISBN: N.A

Category: Social Science

Page: 150

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A brief book that uses examples from a college or university setting to illustrate society in terms of social groups and forces. College and Society is based on the premise that colleges are not “ivory towers” that stand in contrast to the larger society. Rather, the author argues that colleges tend to reflect many of the same social structures, culturally based expectations of social conduct, and patterns of interaction seen at work in the larger society. For anyone interested in learning basic concepts of Sociology.
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Ghostly Matters

Haunting and the Sociological Imagination

Author: Avery Gordon

Publisher: U of Minnesota Press

ISBN: 9780816620890

Category: Social Science

Page: 252

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'Avery Gordon's stunningly original and provocatively imaginative book explores the connections linking horror, history, and haunting. She shows how fiction writing can sometimes function as a social force, as a repository of memories that are too brutal, to debilitating, and too horrifying to register through direct historical or social science narratives...'--George Lipsitz, University of California, San Diego
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Thoreau and the Sociological Imagination

The Wilds of Society

Author: Shawn Chandler Bingham

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9780742560598

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 141

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Thoreau and the Sociological Imagination is the first in-depth sociological examination of the ideas of Henry David Thoreau. Shawn Chandler Bingham explores the philosopher's sophisticated insights on individual-society relationships, social change, and American notions of progress. This is a landmark book which encourages readers to re-examine the disciplinary boundaries between the social sciences and humanities.
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On Work, Race, and the Sociological Imagination

Author: Everett C. Hughes,Lewis A. Coser

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226359724

Category: Social Science

Page: 212

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The writings in this volume highlight Hughes's contributions to the sociology of work and professions; race and ethnicity; and the central themes and methods of the discipline. Hughes was the first sociologist to pay sustained attention to occupations as a field for study and wrote frequently and searchingly about them. Several of the essays in this collection helped orient the first generation of Black sociologists, including Franklin Frazier, St. Clair Drake, and Horace Cayton.
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Durkheim and the Internet

On Sociolinguistics and the Sociological Imagination

Author: Jan Blommaert

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1350055204

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 136

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Sociolinguistic evidence is an undervalued resource for social theory. In this book, Jan Blommaert uses contemporary sociolinguistic insights to develop a new sociological imagination, exploring how we construct and operate in online spaces, and what the implications of this are for offline social practice. Taking Émile Durkheim's concept of the 'social fact' (social behaviours that we all undertake under the influence of the society we live in) as the point of departure, he first demonstrates how the facts of language and social interaction can be used as conclusive refutations of individualistic theories of society such as 'Rational Choice'. Next, he engages with theorizing the post-Durkheimian social world in which we currently live. This new social world operates 'offline' as well as 'online' and is characterized by 'vernacular globalization', Arjun Appadurai's term to summarise the ways that larger processes of modernity are locally performed through new electronic media. Blommaert extrapolates from this rich concept to consider how our communication practices might offer a template for thinking about how we operate socially. Above all, he explores the relationship between sociolinguistics and social practice In Durkheim and the Internet, Blommaert proposes new theories of social norms, social action, identity, social groups, integration, social structure and power, all of them animated by a deep understanding of language and social interaction. In drawing on Durkheim and other classical sociologists including Simmel and Goffman, this book is relevant to students and researchers working in sociolinguistics as well as offering a wealth of new insights to scholars in the fields of digital and online communications, social media, sociology, and digital anthropology.
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Stalking the Sociological Imagination

J. Edgar Hoover's FBI Surveillance of American Sociology

Author: Mike Forrest Keen

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780313298134

Category: Political Science

Page: 235

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Offers a detailed account of the FBI's investigation of prominent American sociologists, based on documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act.
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