• Social Science

The Sociological Imagination


Author: C. Wright Mills
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780199756346
Category: Social Science
Page: 256
View: 8933
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.

    • Social Science

The Sociological Imagination


Author: C. Wright Mills
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0195133730
Category: Social Science
Page: 248
View: 3700
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. Leading sociologist Todd Gitlin brings this fortieth anniversary edition up to date with a lucid afterword in which he considers the ways social analysis has progressed since Mills first published his study in 1959. A classic in the field, this book still provides rich food for our imagination.

    • Social Science

The Sociological Imagination


Author: C. Wright Mills
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199761124
Category: Social Science
Page: 256
View: 5446
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.

    • Social Science

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
View: 6391
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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The New Sociological Imagination


Author: Steve Fuller
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 1847877354
Category: Social Science
Page: 240
View: 2724
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.

The Sociological Imagination


Author: Ismael Puga
Publisher: CRC Press
ISBN: 1351351664
Category:
Page: N.A
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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: 1317260406
Category: Social Science
Page: 368
View: 6056
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.

    • Literary Criticism

Ghostly Matters

Haunting and the Sociological Imagination
Author: Avery F. Gordon
Publisher: U of Minnesota Press
ISBN: 1452913862
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 252
View: 6419
“Avery Gordon’s stunningly original and provocatively imaginative book explores the connections linking horror, history, and haunting. ” —George Lipsitz “The text is of great value to anyone working on issues pertaining to the fantastic and the uncanny.” —American Studies International “Ghostly Matters immediately establishes Avery Gordon as a leader among her generation of social and cultural theorists in all fields. The sheer beauty of her language enhances an intellectual brilliance so daunting that some readers will mark the day they first read this book. One must go back many more years than most of us can remember to find a more important book.” —Charles Lemert Drawing on a range of sources, including the fiction of Toni Morrison and Luisa Valenzuela (He Who Searches), Avery Gordon demonstrates that past or haunting social forces control present life in different and more complicated ways than most social analysts presume. Written with a power to match its subject, Ghostly Matters has advanced the way we look at the complex intersections of race, gender, and class as they traverse our lives in sharp relief and shadowy manifestations. Avery F. Gordon is professor of sociology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Janice Radway is professor of literature at Duke University.

    • Social Science

Rethinking Modernity

Postcolonialism and the Sociological Imagination
Author: G. Bhambra
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 0230206417
Category: Social Science
Page: 200
View: 9379
Arguing for the idea of connected histories, Bhambra presents a fundamental reconstruction of the idea of modernity in contemporary sociology. She criticizes the abstraction of European modernity from its colonial context and the way non-Western 'others' are disregarded. It aims to establish a dialogue in which 'others' can speak and be heard.

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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: Social Science
Page: 235
View: 8691
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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Stretching the Sociological Imagination

Essays in Honour of John Eldridge
Author: Andrew Smith,Matt Dawson,Bridget Fowler,David Miller,David Rampton
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 113749364X
Category: Social Science
Page: 277
View: 3472
This edited collection calls for renewed attention to the concept of the sociological imagination, allowing social scientists to link private issues to public troubles. Inspired by the eminent Glasgow-based sociologist, John Eldridge, it re-engages with the concept and shows how it can be applied to analyzing society today.

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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
View: 1578
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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More-than-Human Sociology

A New Sociological Imagination
Author: O. Pyyhtinen
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 1137531843
Category: Social Science
Page: 112
View: 5576
More-than-Human Sociology is a call for a bolder, more creative sociology. Olli Pyyhtinen argues that to make sociology responsive to life in the 21st century we need a new sociological imagination, one that addresses connectivity, understands the world in which we live as both a human and non-human world, and is sensitive to the multiple scales on which things exist. A fresh and innovative take on the promise of sociology, this book will appeal to scholars and students both within sociology and the social sciences more broadly.

    • Language Arts & Disciplines

Durkheim and the Internet

On Sociolinguistics and the Sociological Imagination
Author: Jan Blommaert
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 1350055204
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Page: 136
View: 7288
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.

    • Biography & Autobiography

Thoreau and the Sociological Imagination

The Wilds of Society
Author: Shawn Chandler Bingham
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 9780742560598
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 141
View: 4029
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.

    • Social Science

Sport and the Sociological Imagination

Refereed Proceedings of the 3rd Annual Conference of the North American Society for the Sociology of Sport, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, November 1982
Author: North American Society for the Sociology of Sport. Conference
Publisher: Fort Worth : Texas Christian University Press
ISBN: N.A
Category: Social Science
Page: 384
View: 6386

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Biography and the Sociological Imagination

Contexts and Contingencies
Author: Michael J. Shanahan,Ross Macmillan
Publisher: W W Norton & Company Incorporated
ISBN: 9780393976083
Category: Social Science
Page: 325
View: 6992
Biography and the Sociological Imagination introduces readers to life course sociology, the imaginative framework with which people can think about how their lives reflect the imprint of society, how this imprint reflects the intersection of social changes and personal development, and how these processes are greatly complicated by each person's unique location in society.

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Picturing the Social Landscape

Visual Methods and the Sociological Imagination
Author: Caroline Knowles,Paul Sweetman
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134401841
Category: Social Science
Page: 216
View: 4830
We live in a visual culture, and visual evidence is increasingly central to social research. In this collection an international range of experts explain how they have used visual methods in their own research, examine their advantages and limitations, and show how they have been used alongside other research techniques. Contributors explore the following ideas: * self and identity * visualizing domestic space * visualizing urban landscapes * visualizing social change. The collection showcases different methods in different contexts through the examination of a variety of topical issues. Methods covered include photo and video diaries, the use of images produced by respondents, the use of images as prompts in interviews and focus groups, documentary photography, photographic inventory and visual ethnography. The result is an exciting and original collection that will be indispensable for any student, academic or researcher interested in the use of visual methods.

    • Philosophy

Toward a Sociological Imagination

Bridging Specialized Fields
Author: Bernard S. Phillips,Harold Kincaid,Thomas J. Scheff
Publisher: University Press of Amer
ISBN: N.A
Category: Philosophy
Page: 305
View: 8904
Builds on the ideas C. Wright Mills expressed in The Sociological Imagination for an approach to the scientific method broad enough to open up to the full range of knowledge within the sociology discipline.

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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
View: 6640
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.