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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. This book sets the agenda for imagining sociology in the 21st century and will attract students and professionals alike.
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Table of ContentsPreface vii
Desperately Seeking Sociology in the 21st Century 9
Tales of the Academic Undead: The Mysterious Disappearance of Society 11
The Social Sciences at Risk: A Brief History of the Stakes 23
Socialism as the Elusive Synthesis at the Heart of Social Science 31
The Problem of Inheritance and Socialism's Ultimate Retreat to Naturalism 41
Towards a Renewal of Welfare and the Rediscovery of British Sociology 54
Interlude: Today's Orwellian Turn in Social Science 62
The Biological Challenge to Social Science 77
The Hidden Biological Past of Classical Social Theory 79
Making the Difference between Sociology and Biology Matter Today 90
Beware of Darwinists Bearing Leftist Gifts: The Struggle for Marx's Successor 107
Who (or What) Deserves Our Sympathy? 118
Humanity as the Endangered Species of Our Times 129
The Coming World-Historic Struggle in Science and Religion 131
Understanding the Fundamentalist Backlash against Secularism 147
Karma Secularized: The Darwinian Turn in Development Policy 161
Might we become Nazis in Paradise? 183
Conclusion: Is there no Escape from HumanNature? 196