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The Sociological Imagination
The sociological imagination

The Sociological Imagination is the title of a book written by the American sociologist and radical C. Wright Mills. First published in New York in 1959 by Oxford University Press, it was put out by Penguin as one of their celebrated Pelican paperbacks a decade later in 1970. It has been in print ever since and continues to be a source of inspiration to the many people who, as writers, teachers, activists or in some combination of those callings, seek to understand human societies.

Mills lived fast and died young. He rode motor bikes, smoked heavily, married three times and was dead at forty-five. His most productive and influential period as a scholar was the 1950s, a time of cultural and political ...

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