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.
Shawn Chandler Bingham is assistant professor of sociology at Saint Leo University in Florida.
1 Preface 2 Chronology 3 Chapter One: Disciplinary Disobedience 4 Chapter Two: The Seeds and Fruit of Thoreavian Though 5 Chapter Three: Social Structure and the American Individual 6 Chapter Four: "Progress," Social Development and Social Change 7 Chapter Five: Thoreau's Social Inquiry 8 Chapter Six: Thoreau as a Model for "Reimagining" Sociology 9 References