C. Wright Mills and the Sociological Imagination: by John Scott (Ed.), Ann Nilsen (Ed.)

By John Scott (Ed.), Ann Nilsen (Ed.)

C. Wright generators is without doubt one of the towering figures in modern sociology and his writings stay of significant relevance to the social technological know-how group. Generations of sociology scholars have loved studying in regards to the self-discipline from interpreting his most sensible recognized booklet The Sociological Imagination. through the years the identify has turn into a time period in itself with quite a few interpretations, many a ways faraway from the unique. The chapters partly one among this ebook starts with basic concerns round the nature and importance of the sociological mind's eye, proceed via discussions of modes of theorising and ancient rationalization, the connection among background and biography, and the highbrow and political dating of generators to Marxism. They finish with issues on problems with category, strength, and war. half of the publication incorporates a sequence of reflections from students who have been invited to offer own concepts at the effect of Mills's writings of their sociological paintings, with specific recognition to their very own 'biography and history'.

With popular foreign participants and professional contributions from a number specialisms, this booklet will attract lecturers, scholars and researchers of sociology.

Contributors: D. Bertaux, J. Brannen, J.D. Brewer, O. Brox, okay. Kumar, okay. generators, L. Mjøset, M. Newman, A. Nilsen, O.J. Olsen, J. Platt, M. Savage, J. Scott, A.J. Treviño

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1962), ‘C. Wright Mills’, New Left Review, 1 (15), 15–20. M. (1960), ‘Comparative social mobility’, Current Sociology, 9 (1), 1–89. Mills, C. L. ) (1963), Power, Politics and People: The Collected Essays of C. Wright Mills, New York: Oxford University Press, pp. 553–66 Columns Design XML Ltd / Job: Scott-CWrightMills_and_the_Sociological_Imagination / Division: Part1 /Pg. Position: 25 / Date: 18/10 JOBNAME: Scott PAGE: 28 SESS: 10 OUTPUT: Wed Oct 23 11:30:09 2013 28 C. Wright Mills and the sociological imagination Mills, K.

Here and elsewhere, references to SI are given by page number only, without author and year. 3. An example of this is when Mills is described by some authors as a Marxist. 4. However, Mills’s invocation of biography often seems to have as its prime aim persuading non-social scientists to realize that their personal problems are symptomatic of wider patterns, which presumably is unnecessary for those who are already social scientists. 5. This can be associated with Ralph Miliband’s obituary (1962, p.

Wright Mills and the sociological imagination historians have often been content to leave ‘theory’ to the social scientists, insisting on the primacy of narrative, if not story-telling. They are suspicious of historians who call upon theory, seeing it as a short-handed abridgement of what is necessarily a long and tortuous process of telling, in which chance and contingency play a major role. Marxist historians have often been the objects of this charge, but so too have liberal ‘Whig historians’, as castigated by Herbert Butterfield (1951).

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