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Return to Book Page. Preview — The Sociological Imagination by C. The Sociological Imagination by C. 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.
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 connectin C. 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.
Paperbackpages. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about The Sociological Imaginationplease sign up. So frustrating how we’re manage as tumbleweeds unreasonable and dead-alive? See 1 question about The Sociological Imagination…. Lists with This Book. Aug 31, Trevor rated it it was amazing Shelves: It is sort of an opportunity to talk about all of my favourite things.
So, now I have. Conveniently, Mills provides his own three-sentence summary — perhaps more authors should be so handy: They ought to be about man and society and sometimes they are. They are attempts to help us understand biography and history, and the connections of the two in a variety of social structures.
Spciologica is generally defined as trying to work out where we sit on a particular spectrum. The two ends of that spectrum are not really positions that anyone sensible ever really holds. They are that we are entirely self-made or that we are completely the product of our environment.
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In the West we like to place out bets closer to the self-made end of that spectrum. And we do that despite the evidence, rather than because of it. But if social science is a science — and a lot of this book goes over that dead and sterile debate and so on, but in interesting ways at least — then we expect sciences to have both theories and methods.
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. 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.
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. 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.
I really like sociology. The appendix On Intellectual Craftmanship, by the way, is worth the cover price of the book. View all 7 comments. Jan 10, Abby Brown rated it really liked it. The Sociological Imagination was written by C. Wright Mills inand he died in only three years later. He was a sociologist at Columbia University, and the goal of this book was to analyze the discipline of sociology with suggestions for improvement.
He felt most mid-century sociologists lost their true purpose: He holds central the importance of looking at power relations, historical realities experienced by humans, comparative understandings of social structures, the ability to study small environments in terms of larger structures, and to not be bound by disciplines p.
And he warns against sociologists accepting the imbalanced social structure by participation: Mills believes history is moving from “The Modern Age” to “The Fourth Epoch,” and old ideas and images are based in the past. He states “…all these ideals of The Enlightenment have rested upon the happy assumption of the inherent relation of reason and freedom” p.
This book has encouraged me to think about my proposed field of work post-graduation.
I am not primarily interested in becoming a faculty member at a traditional four-year institution of higher learning. While I value knowledge-seeking in various settings [individual, household, community, educational, etc. It seems Mills warns against such applied research in his detailing of liberal and illiberal practicalities.
He feels those of imagiancion practicality tend to “think in terms of situations” and fail to challenge the status quo p.
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Those of illiberal practicality tend to be actually working within the bureaucratic system only focusing on the problems “chosen” by those with imagknacion power within the system p. Is it possible to be a sociologist working to change status quo through applied research?
Jul 19, Kate rated it liked it Recommends it for: The Sociological Imagination is a term coined by Mills to describe the way that good sociologists view a problem and the possible solutions. 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.
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” The Sociological Imagination is a term coined by Mills to describe the way that good sociologists view a problem and the possible solutions.
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 sociologics I finished the last chapter I wanted to pump my fist in the air and join the revolution.
I would recommend this for anyone who works in sociology or science that deals with humans. It gives a prescription for how to view problems and solutions within society, instead of assuming that they exist in a vacuum. May 20, leighcia rated it it was amazing Shelves: The first pages of this book were really hard to get through, and even after that, the book was very dense and took quite sodiologica bit of effort to understand.
All that being said, this has been one of the most thought-provoking and academically-inspiring books I have read in the past year. In this book, Mills criticizes the two dominant methods of s The first pages of this book were really hard to get through, and even after that, the book was very dense and took quite a bit of effort to understand.
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.
The appendix provides some guidance on how to conduct such research. Though Mill had a few touches of elitism to him, it was so refreshing to read someone who had a vision for social sciences and for the academy that mandates relevance to society at large and the individual. To summarize his stance on the subject: When many politics- debated and undebated — are based on inadequate and misleading definitions of reality, then those who are out to define reality more adequately are bound to be upsetting influences.
The educational and the political role of social science 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.
Apr 13, Lobstergirl rated it it was ok Shelves: 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.
A police chief comes into the press room and Kathy tries to get some information out of him. He says, “What are you doing here? You should be at home with your children, cooking your husband dinner.
In fact, she says nothing, preferring to avenge herself in a sneakier manner. But the line went into me like a knife, and so it is with The Sociological Imagination. Though I’m guessing Mills was unaware of what he was doing, in these mid-century books the world consists only of men and one mention of Karen Horney.
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Only men are doing the important things, becoming sociologists, becoming academics, studying the bureaucratic ethos, researching Weber and Parsons and Veblen, earning salaries. Any woman who was able not just to exist in a world like this but to get an advanced education, have a career, succeed in a profession, ignoring all the language around her referring to men, men, men, men, a man, a man, a man, a man – language which says “this world is not for you” – my hat is off to her.
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. The book was deeply boring. 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. View all 6 comments. Apr 04, Christopher rated it really liked it Shelves: The other chapters on grand theory, etc. 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.
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. Sep 19, Simon Bailey rated it really liked it Shelves: This book is known as a classic of any sociological canon.
It is best read, I think, as a polemic. When i read the opening chapters on grand theory and abstracted empiricism, I was thinking it a ‘theoretical’ and ‘methodological’ exercise in critique – and considered as such it is a bit limited; hardly breaking sweat for Mills to take apart the grand theory of Parsons or the abstracted empiricism of behaviourism. But read instead as a critique of politics, ethics and craft, it is much more power This book is known as a classic of any sociological canon.
But read instead as a critique of politics, ethics and craft, it is much more powerful – as the latter chapters make clear. Having been written in the 50s, there is much which appears dated; the position on reason and freedom, for example, or the exclusive use of male pronouns.
There are also intriguing oddities at work, the use of the term ‘imagination’, and how much farther one might take it, for instance. I think if I had read this as an undergraduate I would have underlined every sentence and missed the point. This book is written as a sort of textbook for aspiring sociology majors, although Mills wouldn’t like the term “textbook”.