The Sociological Imagination

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Author: C. Wright Mills

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199756346

Category: Social Science

Page: 256

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C. Wright Mills is best remembered for his highly acclaimed work The Sociological Imagination, in which he set forth his views on how social science should be pursued. Hailed upon publication as a cogent and hard-hitting critique, The Sociological Imagination took issue with the ascendant schools of sociology in the United States, calling for a humanist sociology connecting the social, personal, and historical dimensions of our lives. The sociological imagination Mills calls for is a sociological vision, a way of looking at the world that can see links between the apparently private problems of the individual and important social issues.

The Sociological Imagination

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Author: C. Wright Mills

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0195133730

Category: Social Science

Page: 248

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Hailed upon publication as a cogent and hard-hitting critique, The Sociological Imagination took issue with the ascendant schools of sociology in the United States, calling for a humanist sociology connecting the social, personal, and historical dimensions of our lives. Leading sociologist Todd Gitlin brings this fortieth anniversary edition up to date with a lucid afterword in which he considers the ways social analysis has progressed since Mills first published his study in 1959. A classic in the field, this book still provides rich food for our imagination.

The Sociological Imagination

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Author: C. Wright Mills

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199761124

Category: Social Science

Page: 256

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C. Wright Mills is best remembered for his highly acclaimed work The Sociological Imagination, in which he set forth his views on how social science should be pursued. Hailed upon publication as a cogent and hard-hitting critique, The Sociological Imagination took issue with the ascendant schools of sociology in the United States, calling for a humanist sociology connecting the social, personal, and historical dimensions of our lives. The sociological imagination Mills calls for is a sociological vision, a way of looking at the world that can see links between the apparently private problems of the individual and important social issues.

C. Wright Mills and the Sociological Imagination

Contemporary Perspectives

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Author: John Scott,Ann Nilsen

Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing

ISBN: 1782540032

Category: Social Science

Page: 256

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With renowned international contributors and expert contributions from a range of specialisms, this book will appeal to academics, students and researchers of sociology.

The Sociological Imagination

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Author: Ismael Puga

Publisher: CRC Press

ISBN: 1351351664

Category:

Page: N.A

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C. Wright Mills's 1959 book The Sociological Imagination is widely regarded as one of the most influential works of post-war sociology. At its heart, the work is a closely reasoned argument about the nature and aims of sociology, one that sets out a manifesto and roadmap for the field. Its wide acceptance and popular reception is a clear demonstration of the rhetorical power of Wright's strong reasoning skills. In critical thinking, reasoning involves the creation of an argument that is strong, balanced, and, of course, persuasive. In Mills's case, this core argument makes a case for what he terms the "sociological imagination," a particular quality of mind capable of analyzing how individual lives fit into, and interact with, social structures. Only by adopting such an approach, Mills argues, can sociologists see the private troubles of individuals as the social issues they really are. Allied to this central argument are supporting arguments for the need for sociology to maintain its independence from corporations and governments, and for social scientists to steer away from 'high theory' and focus on the real difficulties of everyday life. Carefully organized, watertight and persuasive, The Sociological Imagination exemplifies reasoned argument at its best.

Enriching the Sociological Imagination

How Radical Sociology Changed the Discipline

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Author: Rhonda F. Levine

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317260392

Category: Social Science

Page: 368

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Since the 1960s, radical sociology has had far more influence on mainstream sociology than many observers imagine. This book pairs seminal articles with new reflective essays written by the founders of progressive sociology, including Fred Block, Edna Bonacich, Samuel Bowles, Herbert Gintis, Val Burris, G. William Domhoff, Richard Flacks, Harvey Molotch, Goran Therborn, and Erik Olin Wright. The book highlights the wider impact of radical sociology and shows how the work of these and other writers has continued to influence sociology's continuing interest in capitalism, class, race, gender, power, and progressive social change. It also describes future directions for a critical sociology relevant to a multicultural and global world.

Rethinking Modernity

Postcolonialism and the Sociological Imagination

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Author: G. Bhambra

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 0230206417

Category: Social Science

Page: 200

View: 1997

Arguing for the idea of connected histories, Bhambra presents a fundamental reconstruction of the idea of modernity in contemporary sociology. She criticizes the abstraction of European modernity from its colonial context and the way non-Western 'others' are disregarded. It aims to establish a dialogue in which 'others' can speak and be heard.

Ghostly Matters

Haunting and the Sociological Imagination

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Author: Avery F. Gordon

Publisher: U of Minnesota Press

ISBN: 1452913862

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 252

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“Avery Gordon’s stunningly original and provocatively imaginative book explores the connections linking horror, history, and haunting. ” —George Lipsitz “The text is of great value to anyone working on issues pertaining to the fantastic and the uncanny.” —American Studies International “Ghostly Matters immediately establishes Avery Gordon as a leader among her generation of social and cultural theorists in all fields. The sheer beauty of her language enhances an intellectual brilliance so daunting that some readers will mark the day they first read this book. One must go back many more years than most of us can remember to find a more important book.” —Charles Lemert Drawing on a range of sources, including the fiction of Toni Morrison and Luisa Valenzuela (He Who Searches), Avery Gordon demonstrates that past or haunting social forces control present life in different and more complicated ways than most social analysts presume. Written with a power to match its subject, Ghostly Matters has advanced the way we look at the complex intersections of race, gender, and class as they traverse our lives in sharp relief and shadowy manifestations. Avery F. Gordon is professor of sociology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Janice Radway is professor of literature at Duke University.

Stretching the Sociological Imagination

Essays in Honour of John Eldridge

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Author: Andrew Smith,Matt Dawson,Bridget Fowler,David Miller,David Rampton

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 113749364X

Category: Social Science

Page: 277

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This edited collection calls for renewed attention to the concept of the sociological imagination, allowing social scientists to link private issues to public troubles. Inspired by the eminent Glasgow-based sociologist, John Eldridge, it re-engages with the concept and shows how it can be applied to analyzing society today.

College and Society

An Introduction to the Sociological Imagination

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Author: Stephen Sweet

Publisher: Allyn & Bacon

ISBN: N.A

Category: Social Science

Page: 150

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A brief book that uses examples from a college or university setting to illustrate society in terms of social groups and forces. College and Society is based on the premise that colleges are not “ivory towers” that stand in contrast to the larger society. Rather, the author argues that colleges tend to reflect many of the same social structures, culturally based expectations of social conduct, and patterns of interaction seen at work in the larger society. For anyone interested in learning basic concepts of Sociology.

The Sociology Project

Introducing the Sociological Imagination, First Canadian Edition

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Author: Jeff Manza,N. Y. U. Sociology NYU Sociology Dept,Kirsten Kramar

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780133768916

Category: Sociology

Page: 652

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Note: You are purchasing a standalone product; REVEL does not come packaged with this content. Students, if interested in purchasing this title with REVEL, ask your instructor for the correct package ISBN and Course ID. Instructors, contact your Pearson representative for more information. Authored collaboratively by members of the NYU Sociology Department, for The Sociology Project draws on the collective wisdom of expert faculty to reveal how individuals are shaped by the contexts in which they live and act. Organized around the big questions in every subfield of the discipline, it shows how sociologists analyze our world, and sets students off on their own journeys of sociological inquiry. At its core, for The Sociology Project seeks to inspire each student's sociological imagination, and instill in each reader a new determination to question the world around us. The Canadian edition supplements the research done by faculty from the New York University Sociology Department using Canadian data and research to explore their sociological questions in the Canadian context. Throughout the chapters, students can learn about the impact of social norms, organizations, and institutions unique to Canada and reflect upon how these sociological differences may have either a positive or negative impact on individuals' quality of life in both countries and others around the world. If you would like to purchase both the physical text and REVEL, search for: 0134653548 / 9780134653549 REVEL for The Sociology Project: Introducing the Sociological Imagination, First Canadian Edition -- Access Card Package Package consists of: 0133768910 / 9780133768916 The Sociology Project: Introducing the Sociological Imagination, First Canadian Edition 0134613619 / 9780134613611 REVEL for The Sociology Project: Introducing the Sociological Imagination, First Canadian Edition -- Access Card

Stalking the Sociological Imagination

J. Edgar Hoover's FBI Surveillance of American Sociology

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Author: Mike Forrest Keen

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780313298134

Category: Social Science

Page: 235

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Offers a detailed account of the FBI's investigation of prominent American sociologists, based on documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act.

Durkheim and the Internet

On Sociolinguistics and the Sociological Imagination

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Author: Jan Blommaert

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1350055204

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 136

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Sociolinguistic evidence is an undervalued resource for social theory. In this book, Jan Blommaert uses contemporary sociolinguistic insights to develop a new sociological imagination, exploring how we construct and operate in online spaces, and what the implications of this are for offline social practice. Taking Émile Durkheim's concept of the 'social fact' (social behaviours that we all undertake under the influence of the society we live in) as the point of departure, he first demonstrates how the facts of language and social interaction can be used as conclusive refutations of individualistic theories of society such as 'Rational Choice'. Next, he engages with theorizing the post-Durkheimian social world in which we currently live. This new social world operates 'offline' as well as 'online' and is characterized by 'vernacular globalization', Arjun Appadurai's term to summarise the ways that larger processes of modernity are locally performed through new electronic media. Blommaert extrapolates from this rich concept to consider how our communication practices might offer a template for thinking about how we operate socially. Above all, he explores the relationship between sociolinguistics and social practice In Durkheim and the Internet, Blommaert proposes new theories of social norms, social action, identity, social groups, integration, social structure and power, all of them animated by a deep understanding of language and social interaction. In drawing on Durkheim and other classical sociologists including Simmel and Goffman, this book is relevant to students and researchers working in sociolinguistics as well as offering a wealth of new insights to scholars in the fields of digital and online communications, social media, sociology, and digital anthropology.

The New Sociological Imagination

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Author: Steve Fuller

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 9780761947578

Category: Social Science

Page: 231

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Steve Fuller examines the history of the social sciences covering most classic theorists and themes, to discover the key contributors to sociology and how relevant they remain today.

On Work, Race, and the Sociological Imagination

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Author: Everett C. Hughes,Lewis A. Coser

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226359724

Category: Social Science

Page: 212

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The writings in this volume highlight Hughes's contributions to the sociology of work and professions; race and ethnicity; and the central themes and methods of the discipline. Hughes was the first sociologist to pay sustained attention to occupations as a field for study and wrote frequently and searchingly about them. Several of the essays in this collection helped orient the first generation of Black sociologists, including Franklin Frazier, St. Clair Drake, and Horace Cayton.

Sport and the Sociological Imagination

Refereed Proceedings of the 3rd Annual Conference of the North American Society for the Sociology of Sport, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, November 1982

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Author: North American Society for the Sociology of Sport. Conference

Publisher: Fort Worth : Texas Christian University Press

ISBN: N.A

Category: Social Science

Page: 384

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Thoreau and the Sociological Imagination

The Wilds of Society

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Author: Shawn Chandler Bingham

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9780742560598

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 141

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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.

Picturing the Social Landscape

Visual Methods and the Sociological Imagination

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Author: Caroline Knowles,Paul Sweetman

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134401841

Category: Social Science

Page: 216

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We live in a visual culture, and visual evidence is increasingly central to social research. In this collection an international range of experts explain how they have used visual methods in their own research, examine their advantages and limitations, and show how they have been used alongside other research techniques. Contributors explore the following ideas: * self and identity * visualizing domestic space * visualizing urban landscapes * visualizing social change. The collection showcases different methods in different contexts through the examination of a variety of topical issues. Methods covered include photo and video diaries, the use of images produced by respondents, the use of images as prompts in interviews and focus groups, documentary photography, photographic inventory and visual ethnography. The result is an exciting and original collection that will be indispensable for any student, academic or researcher interested in the use of visual methods.

Biography and the Sociological Imagination

Contexts and Contingencies

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Author: Michael J. Shanahan,Ross Macmillan

Publisher: W W Norton & Company Incorporated

ISBN: 9780393976083

Category: Social Science

Page: 325

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Biography and the Sociological Imagination introduces readers to life course sociology, the imaginative framework with which people can think about how their lives reflect the imprint of society, how this imprint reflects the intersection of social changes and personal development, and how these processes are greatly complicated by each person's unique location in society.

Crime, Justice, and Society

Criminology and the Sociological Imagination

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Author: Ronald J. Berger,Marvin D. Free,Patricia Searles

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies

ISBN: 9780072896138

Category: Crime

Page: 524

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This is a criminology text that is explicitly sociological in orientation and is designed to help students cultivate a sociological imagination to guide their thinking about crime and criminal justice. The book takes a critical approach and places questions of social inequality and power at the center of criminological inquiry. It views class, race/ethnicity, and gender as pivotal organizing principles of social life - prisms through which we come to know ourselves and our social world and as central mechanisms by which social relationships are patterned.