The Sociological Imagination

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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. The book 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. Mills's sociological imagination is in fact a sociological vision, a way of looking at the world that can see links between the apparently private problems of the ...
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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. The book 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. Mills's sociological imagination is in fact 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." "Leading sociologist Todd Gitlin brings this fortieth anniversary edition up to date with a lucid afterword in which he considers the manifold contributions Mills made with this pioneering work, and examines how Mills's research relates to American society today.

This acclaimed study of the social sciences critiques the ascendant "schools" of sociology in this country and reassesses the tradition of classic sociological analysis.

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Praise for the original edition: "A challenge, a stimulus, and incitement to students everywhere to look at sociology with a fresh and clearer vision."--Times Literary Supplement (London)

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  • ISBN-13: 9780195000221
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 12/31/1959
  • Pages: 242

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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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Table of 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
App On Intellectual Craftsmanship 195
Acknowledgments 227
Afterword 229
Index 243
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