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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.

Might We Become Nazis in Paradise?
Might we become nazis in paradise?

In the coming years, citizens will increasingly find themselves in conflict with their own states, as personal lifestyle and research choices run up against larger public interest issues. In these domestic clashes, the state – as informed and legitimated by the social sciences – may remain the last court of appeal for humanity ‘as such’ against the inconstancy of individuals and groups. In the preceding chapter, we saw that the idea of the state as the institutional vehicle for consolidating human dominion over nature lay behind Condorcet's historic alternative to Malthus, whereby the proliferation of humans stimulates the production of artifice to overcome the insufficiency of nature (Rothschild, 2001). A similarly optimistic view of ...

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