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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 Nine: Beware of Darwinists Bearing Leftist Gifts: The Struggle for Marx's Successor
Beware of Darwinists Bearing Leftist Gifts: The Struggle for Marx's Successor
The threat posed by bioprospecting to the integrity of humanity comes from the dynamic side of capitalism that always attracted Marxists for its promise of ever more efficient modes of production that, under the right political regime, might eliminate human misery altogether. Bioprospecting – and biotechnology more generally – continues to extend that promise. In contrast, a far greater threat to our humanity comes from the static side of capitalism, which I epitomized in Chapter 5 as ‘Laissez faire is nature's way’, only now repackaged as a successor to Marxism! I refer here to the Darwinian Left, a nascent movement that will increasingly figure ...