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.

Soziologische Phantasie

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Author: C. Wright Mills

Publisher: Springer-Verlag

ISBN: 365810015X

Category: Social Science

Page: 325

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Soziologische Phantasie, die erstmals 1963 erschienene deutsche Übersetzung von C. Wright Mills‘ The Sociological Imagination, darf zurecht als Meilenstein wissenschaftlich-politischer Debatten in den Vereinigten Staaten betrachtet werden und zählt auch heute noch zu einer der wichtigsten Selbstkritiken der Soziologie. Mills schlägt hier einen dritten Weg zwischen bloßem Empirismus und abgehobener Theorie ein: Er plädiert für eine kritische Sozialwissenschaft, die sich weder bürokratisch instrumentalisieren lässt noch selbstverliebt vor sich hin prozessiert, sondern gesellschaftliche Bedeutung erlangt, indem sie den Zusammenhang von persönlichen Schwierigkeiten und öffentlichen Problemen erhellt. Eben dies sei Aufgabe und Verheißung einer Soziologie, die sich viel zu häufig „einer merkwürdigen Lust an der Attitüde des Unbeteiligten“ hingebe.

Soziologische Phantasie

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Author: C. Wright Mills

Publisher: Springer VS

ISBN: 9783658100148

Category: Social Science

Page: 200

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"Kritik der soziologischen Denkweise" ist eine wegweisende Bilanz der soziologischen Disziplin in den Vereinigten Staaten der 1950er Jahre. Mills schlägt hier einen dritten Weg zwischen dem "geistlosem Empirismus" der amerikanischen Sozialforscher und der "großen Theorie" eines Talcott Parsons ein. Mills' Ansicht nach bedarf es einer kritischen Soziologie, die sich weder oberflächlich instrumentalisieren lässt, noch abgehoben "theoretisiert", sondern eine Verbindung zwischen aktuellen Lebensumständen und historischer Sozialstruktur bietet. Das, so Mills, sei die Aufgabe und die "Verheißung" der Soziologie. The Sociological Imagination (TSI) ist damit auch heute noch eine der wichtigsten Selbstkritiken der Soziologie.​

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.

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.

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.

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.

Toward a Sociological Imagination

Bridging Specialized Fields

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Author: Bernard S. Phillips,Harold Kincaid,Thomas J. Scheff

Publisher: University Press of Amer

ISBN: N.A

Category: Philosophy

Page: 305

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Builds on the ideas C. Wright Mills expressed in The Sociological Imagination for an approach to the scientific method broad enough to open up to the full range of knowledge within the sociology discipline.

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.

Ghostly Matters

Haunting and the Sociological Imagination

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Author: Avery Gordon

Publisher: U of Minnesota Press

ISBN: 9780816620890

Category: Social Science

Page: 252

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'Avery Gordon's stunningly original and provocatively imaginative book explores the connections linking horror, history, and haunting. She shows how fiction writing can sometimes function as a social force, as a repository of memories that are too brutal, to debilitating, and too horrifying to register through direct historical or social science narratives...'--George Lipsitz, University of California, San Diego

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.

Worlds of the Future

Exercises in the Sociological Imagination

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Author: Bernard S. Phillips

Publisher: Merrill Publishing Company

ISBN: 9780675090858

Category: Anglais (Langue) - Lectures et morceaux choisis

Page: 337

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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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Rethinking Modernity

Postcolonialism and the Sociological Imagination

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Author: G. Bhambra

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 0230206417

Category: Social Science

Page: 200

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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.

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.

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.

Understanding Terrorism

Building on the Sociological Imagination

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Author: Bernard S Phillips

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317249836

Category: Political Science

Page: 210

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Two fundamental problems within the social sciences are the failure to integrate the existing segments of knowledge and a very limited ability to point out directions for solving social problems, given that lack of integrated knowledge.This volume illustrates the integrated work of seven sociologists to reverse this situation not only for the problem of terrorism but also for any substantive or applied problem. C. Wright Mills in The Sociological Imagination castigated the failure to integrate social science knowledge, and this volume carries forward his efforts to analyze human complexity.To understand and confront terrorism we require not only the integration of social science knowledge bearing on that problem, as illustrated by these authors. We also require the integration of that knowledge with the understanding of those on the front lines in order to connect the dots of specialized basic and applied knowledge, which this volume makes possible.

Picturing the Social Landscape

Visual Methods and the Sociological Imagination

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Author: Caroline Knowles,Paul Sweetman

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134401833

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.

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.

The Sociology Project, Introducing the Sociological Imagination

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Author: CTI Reviews

Publisher: Cram101 Textbook Reviews

ISBN: 1497054842

Category: Education

Page: 349

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Facts101 is your complete guide to The Sociology Project, Introducing the Sociological Imagination. In this book, you will learn topics such as SOCIAL INTERACTION, SOCIAL STRUCTURE, CULTURE, MEDIA, AND COMMUNICATION, and POWER AND POLITICS plus much more. With key features such as key terms, people and places, Facts101 gives you all the information you need to prepare for your next exam. Our practice tests are specific to the textbook and we have designed tools to make the most of your limited study time.