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All that being said, this has been one of the most thought-provoking and academically-inspiring books I have read in the past year. The central theme of Mill’s book is that social issues cannot be understood in isolation from their broader structural counterparts.
All of this boils down to a myriad of ‘microscopic’ studies which cannot be logically construed together to form a coherent understanding of social issues. Wright Mills is best remembered for his highly acclaimed work The Sociological Imaginationin which he set forth his views on how social science should be pursued.
The Sociological Imagination by C. Wright Mills
If Mills is not the smartest author I’ve read recently he is certainly one of the clearest thinkers. Mills is more of a questions, than an answers sort of guy — best to be one of those if you possibly can — and so a lot of this book is devoted to looking at the kinds of questions sociology ought to ask and some of the ways that it might be worthwhile seeking out answers to those questions. We liked the book. Mills was concerned with the responsibilities of intellectuals in po American sociologist.
Having been written in the wrjght, there is much which appears dated; wfight position on reason and freedom, for example, or the exclusive use of male pronouns.
Only men are doing the important things, becoming sociologists, becoming academics, studying the bureaucratic ethos, researching Weber and Parsons and Veblen, earning salaries. Mills is best remembered for his book The Sociological Imagination in which he lays out a view of the proper relationship between biography and history, theory and method in sociological scholarship.
The Sociological Imagination
Sociology is generally defined as trying to work out where we sit on a particular spectrum. Quick read and pretty straightforward. I think if I had read this as an undergraduate I would have underlined every sentence and missed the point.
Read in part for CRM Contemporary critical theories in criminology and other sociology classes. Just as timely today as it was over fifty years ago, it continues to be an excellent introduction to the discipline of sociology and how to think sociologically. By stating aright thesis in simple, understandable terms and not aggrandizing one’s observations, one can contribute to the study of how certain human beings relate with each other.
Those of illiberal practicality tend to be actually working imatinacion the bureaucratic system only focusing on the problems “chosen” by those with great power within the system p. It is best read, I think, as a polemic.
Sep 19, Simon Bailey rated it really liked it Shelves: He accuses researchers of too often bending to the biases of the institutions of which they are a part, or, perhaps more grievously, to those supplying the money. To summarize his stance on the subject: It is sort of an opportunity to talk about all of my favourite things.
A police chief comes into the press room and Kathy tries to get some information out of him. Imxginacion 06, David Schaafsma rated it really liked it Shelves: Return to Book Page. Mills was concerned with the responsibilities of intellectuals in post-World War II society, and advocated public, political engagement over uninterested observation.
In the West we like to place out bets closer to imaginacuon self-made end of that spectrum. Sometimes commentators many years after a book is published will note such sexist language ruefully, but Todd Gitlin in his Afterword seems oblivious to it. Mills was a remarkable thinker, and he shows why the social sciences have something to say about the world we live in.
The educational and the political role of social imagunacion in a democracy is to help cultivate and sustain public and individuals that are able to develop, to live with, and to act upon adequate definitions of personal and social realities. Between the oft-referenced first and last sections lay a scathing critique and intelligent treatise on the contemporary and I might even suggest current state of the social sciences.
I’m writing a paper for the Sociolpgica York State Sociological Association and am going to use Mills as one piece of my theoretical foundation.
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.
Sep 04, Tom Crosby rated it really liked it. He believes in work linking history and biography exploring the relations between the two, and he personally cares about issues of equity and social. What I like most about him is he goes out of his way to be as clear as possible — something that academics and academic writing often tries to avoid as if on pain of death. Mills’ sociological imagination is one’s reliance on the pursuit of knowledge steeped in sensible, human drives.
La Imaginacion Sociologica by Charles Wright Mills (1961, Paperback)
Wright Mills, The Sociological Imagination The Sociological Imagination is a classic sociological text published inthree years before Mills died at the age of I read it with four friends.
Wdight for him requires tacking back and forth between various perspectives, not just myopically stuck in one arbitrary view. There’s a scene early in Crime of PassionBarbara Stanwyck, Sterling Hayden, Raymond Burr when a newspaper advice columnist named Kathy Stanwycka self-confident, independent, unmarried dame, is trying to cover a story about a woman who has killed her husband.
Jan 05, Sean rated it it was amazing Shelves: I’m not a sociologist, but I have read enough sociology Weber, Veblen, Durkheim, others to sustain at least a vague interest in it, and I couldn’t manage that here.
Specially inequality in human relations explained well.
It’s a hard wrigut at first, and you start of kind of hating Mills and thinking he’s an arrogant sod, but by the time I got to the solution chapters, I had begun to “get it” and when I finished the last chapter I wanted to pump my fist in the air and join the revolution. While I value knowledge-seeking in various settings [individual, household, community, educational, etc.