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Preview — The Sociological Imagination by C. Sociology is generally defined as trying to work out where we sit on a particular spectrum. He was a sociologist at Columbia University, and the goal of this book was to analyze the discipline of sociology with suggestions for improvement.

Eventhough the book is very wrihgt The Sociological Imagination is a very inspiring read for all sociologists or social scientists to be. When many politics- debated and undebated — are based on inadequate and misleading definitions of reality, then those who are out to imagiinacion reality more adequately are bound to be upsetting influences. 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.

There must be creativity and independence of thought in the establishment of sociological theory, and any grand, sweeping notions should be avoided: Aug 15, Andrew added it Shelves: 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.

Whilst this book’s general thesis is fantastic, the examples are largely outdated, the book is pretty dry and the book offers very little to somebody who has already studied sociology. Jan 07, Erik rated it it was amazing Shelves: Probably some good stuff here, imaginacuon past the first chapter it becomes unbearably dense, and I was unsure of how each of the chapters connected to each other. Mills’ sociological imagination is one’s reliance on the pursuit of knowledge steeped in sensible, human drives.

He suggests that we view everything through the intersection of history, biography, and sociology, and that we multidisciplinary approaches to finding solutions for sociological problems. Social issues must be understood through the intersection of biography and history.

By stating one’s thesis wfight simple, understandable terms and not aggrandizing one’s observations, one can contribute to the study of how certain human beings relate with each other.

He says that too much of sociology is three hundred page books that could comfortably have had everything important in them said in thirty pages.


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But very hard to read for somebody. Though Mill had a few touches of elitism to him, it was so refreshing to read someone who had a vision cc social sciences and for the academy that mandates relevance to society at large and the individual. This has led to a bureaucratization of the research process and enables the growth of ideological cliques, robbing the social sciences of their cherished spirit of free inquiry. It inaginacion reactionary, yet farther-reaching than a mere list sociologlca grievances and prescriptions.

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. Only men are doing the important things, becoming sociologists, becoming academics, studying the bureaucratic ethos, researching Weber and Parsons and Veblen, earning salaries. Jan 10, Abby Brown rated it really liked it.

This book is written as a sort of textbook for aspiring sociology majors, although Mills wouldn’t like the term “textbook”. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. It is sort of an opportunity to talk about all of my favourite things.

He coins the term ‘abstracted socjologica to refer to the dominant paradigm within the social sciences which prioritizes method over issue, with its pedantic obsession with evidence.

Sep 26, Fereidoun rated it really liked it. Sep 19, Simon Bailey rated it really liked it Shelves: It’s a hard read 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.

Lists with This Book. Hailed upon publication as a cogent and hard-hitting critique, The Milps 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. His arguments against these modes of thought make sense: He posits two then-popular modes of thought, which were abstract empiricism and the grand theory. Finally, he presents his view on what he believes to be a osciologica social issue – the rationalisation of the individual and lack of reason when making decisions – which is both intriguing, relevant, and very much in d with Max Weber’s iron cage of rationality.

The cc hundred or so pages deal with abstract wrighf theory that C. There are also intriguing oddities at work, the use of the term ‘imagination’, and how much farther one might take it, for instance. Whilst the book itself is about 2 stars, the appendix is 5.


The Sociological Imagination

That this is also true of some of the research that is done — that is too grandiose and not at all clear about what it is seeking to answer or why and so stumbles and trips if never actually seeming to fall on its face – although a lot of it is so unclearly written that it could fall on its face and no one might notice. Every person is, thus, mutable. What social science truly boils down to, Mills argues, is the study of “the human variety, which consists of all the social worlds in which men have lived, are living, and might live”.

And he warns against sociologists accepting the imbalanced social structure by participation: Trivia About The Sociological View all 7 comments. 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.

In this book, Mills criticizes the two dominant methods of studying sociology grand theory and abstracted empiricismand then goes on to delineate the sociological imagination—a way of studying society that factors in historical, political and individual factors, that does not get too lofty with grandiose theories and abstractions nor too mired in the numbers and statistics of abstracted empiricism.

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He believes in work linking history and biography exploring the relations between the two, and he personally cares about issues of equity and social. Want to Read saving…. On the other hand, abstract empiricism is equally asinine: To generalize a group of people and state a theory as The first hundred or so pages deal with abstract sociological theory that C.

He states “…all these ideals of The Enlightenment have rested upon the happy assumption of the inherent relation of reason and freedom” p. It also has some interesting parallels with journalism that I want to explore further. Apr 13, Lobstergirl rated it it was ok Shelves: 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’ description of the way in which Americans tend to perceive problems as emanating from the individual – rather than considering larger, structural forces at play – captures the predominance of reductionist thinking in American society.