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.
Steve Fuller is a Professor of Sociology at Warwick University. Other titles of his include The New Sociological Imagination (SAGE, 2006), and popular The Intellectual (Icon Books, 2006).
PART ONE: DESPERATELY SEEKING SOCIOLOGY IN THE 21ST CENTURY Tales of the Academic Undead The Mysterious Disappearance of Society The Social Sciences at Risk A Brief History of the Stakes Socialism as the Elusive Synthesis at the Heart of Social Science The Problem of Inheritance and Socialism's Ultimate Retreat to Naturalism Towards a Renewal of Welfare and the Rediscovery of British Sociology Interlude Today's Orwellian Turn in Sociology PART TWO: THE BIOLOGICAL CHALLENGE TO SOCIAL SCIENCE The Hidden Biological Past of Classical Social Theory Making the Difference between Sociology and Biology Matter Today Beware of Darwinists Bearing Leftist Gifts The Struggle for Marx's Successor Who (or What) Deserves Our Sympathy? PART THREE: HUMANITY AS THE ENDANGERED SPECIES OF OUR TIMES The Coming World-Historic Struggle in Science and Religion Understanding the Fundamentalist Backlash against Secularism Karma Secularized The Darwinian Turn in Development Policy Might we become Nazis in Paradise? Conclusion Is There No Escape from Human Nature?