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on 27 November 2001
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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on 22 July 2015
This is a MUST for all budding sociologists, it clearly states the case for sociology as a discipline distinct from the other social sciences.

Indeed, this is the book that desribes what is best about sociology and what is the "point" of studying the discipline, and acting upon our learnings.

Most importantly, this book is absolutely still revelent to today - we still have many personal troubles that are related to problematic public issues that require investigation, reflection and ultimately action. Although not directly refering to the "structure versus agency" debate, at its core this is what this iconic book is all about.
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on 12 March 2007
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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on 28 April 2014
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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on 15 January 2015
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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on 21 July 2016
Great book, first published in 1959. Mills text remains highly relevant and provides a lens with which to make sense of society today and a provides an inspiring vision for a new a different way forwards.
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on 5 January 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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on 1 November 2013
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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on 17 September 2013
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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