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The Sociological Imagination (Galaxy Books)


Publisher:Oxford University Press, USA



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CONTENTS: 1. The Promise 2. Grand Theory 3. Abstracted Empiricism 4. Types of Practicality 5. The Bureaucratic Ethos 6. Philosophies of Science 7. The Human Variety 8. Uses of History 9. On Reason and Freedom 10. On Politics; Appendix: On Intellectual Craftsmanship; Acknowledgments; Index. REVIEWS: "The Sociological Imagination is an important book . . . It deserves to have an influence far outside the field of formal sociology." - Donat O'Donnell, Manchester Guardian. "Professor Mills's vigorous and admirable proclamation . . . will, let us hope, start a debate on the functions of the sociologist and his denunciation will certainly prompt a good deal of heart-searching." - W. J. H. Sprott, Nation. "Performs an essential task in the service of intellectual lucidity and truth." - American Scholar. "This critique of hardening schools of analysis may turn out to be his most important book to date." - Christian Century. "The critique is hard-hitting, cogent, clearly put, and at times brilliant . . . Wright Mills's views on how social science should be pursued are worth the attention of people in all social disciplines . . . " - Spectator. "Professor Mills could hardly have rendered a better service than by writing this book, which is at once a challenge, a stimulus and incitement to students everywhere to look at sociology with a fresh and clearer vision. What is more, it contains a practical guide, in the appendix on 'Intellectual Craftsmanship,' to ways in which they may profitably go about their task." - Times Literary Supplement (London).

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