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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. 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.
Chapter One: Tales of the Academic Undead: The Mysterious Disappearance of Society
Tales of the Academic Undead: The Mysterious Disappearance of Society
We social scientists are the Academic undead who restlessly roam the earth dreaming of a world filled with ‘social facts’ that we mistake for the actual world we no longer quite inhabit. This hypothesis would certainly explain why we can't see ourselves reflected in general histories of science. It would also account for why those of us most protective of the title ‘social scientist’ – sociologists – are also most likely to drag any current issue back to a pastiche of Karl Marx, Max Weber and Émile Durkheim (and perhaps one or two others), whereby the understanding of European reality in the first decade of the ...