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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A perscription for all
Wright Mills perscribes the Sociological Imagination as the way for his discipline to emerge from its chin-stroking inaction. This re-engagement with the world of problems, versus abstract intellectualism, would effectively rerender the Sociologist as an "intellectual craftsman" - subject to no alterior orthodoxy than those of his own choosing. In doing so...
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2.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but largely obsolete
In the 1950s this book was considered to be the cutting-edge of Sociology, a replacement for the abstract theorising of the likes of Talcott Parsons. In some ways it was, but now that the world has changed Mills' conceptions of foundational ideas such as power, elitism and - especially - freedom are embarrassingly out of date. Many of today's philosophers are aware that...
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A perscription for all, 27 Nov. 2001
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Wright Mills perscribes the Sociological Imagination as the way for his discipline to emerge from its chin-stroking inaction. This re-engagement with the world of problems, versus abstract intellectualism, would effectively rerender the Sociologist as an "intellectual craftsman" - subject to no alterior orthodoxy than those of his own choosing. In doing so sociologists would articulate what Mills conceives as the next necessary challenge for effective democracy- to help the "masses" liberate themselves from the invisable fetters of mass society. It is a bold assertion of intellectual autonomy, acutely and passionately aware of the threat to reason and freedom posed by power-blind social analysis - a concern still valid some fifty years after the supposed "End of Ideology".
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4.0 out of 5 stars re-imagining society, 12 Mar. 2007
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This book was dropped into to the stagnant water of 1950's social thought and continues to stir things up today. Taking offence at 'emperical' studies that would reduce man into being but interchangable figures to be mined for predictable information - Mills demanded a conception of man that held him in his multifarious potentionality. It is the "emancipatory possiblity" of images from Marxism and literature that inspire Mills - with the ability to conceive of social orders offering MORE freedom, fellow feeling and so forth, he trusted his students would be able imagine beyond the confines of the prevailing rationality. The jargon I've utilised here no doubt's alerts you to a sense that Mills was ahead of his time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must for all in the sociological studies, 1 Nov. 2013
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Definitively one of the formative books after the likes of Marx, that delves into the social conscious and with this book comes a breakthrough in Sociology and is a must for all that study/have an interset in it's roots.​
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4.0 out of 5 stars Review of Mills' sociological imagination, 5 Jan. 2003
Mills publication of The sociological Imagination is a hard book to get your head around. It introduces all the theoretical problems encountered in sociology. Although it appears to be very philosophical it is brilliant revision material for writing essays and exams.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A reminder to focus on what really matters in social science, 17 Sept. 2013
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This book from 1959 is just as valid today. It reminds the reader of their role as social scientists to make sense of and improve the world we live in, not simply study irrelevancies or, worse yet, serve hegemonic interests under the pretense of disinterested science.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An engrosing read, 28 April 2014
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Here is the most readable book available to get the enquirer into an understanding of the sociology of organizations. In particular there is an accessible and entertaining introduction to and explanation of the ideas of Talcott Parson's 'The Social System'.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Read, 15 Jan. 2015
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A good read for all and a must for anyone studying psychology and sociology, wish i'd bought this before i started my course
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5.0 out of 5 stars BOOK, 3 Feb. 2013
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 16 Sept. 2014
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A pre-Uni reader for sociologists in great condition!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 3 Oct. 2014
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