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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. A pretty outdated, but decent explanation of what sociology is, how an ideal sociologist ought to go about research and the ideals they should hold.

Feb 21, Daniel O’Neill rated it liked it. Finally, he presents his view on what he believes to be a major social issue – the rationalisation of the individual and lack sciologica reason when making decisions – which is both intriguing, relevant, and very much in line with Max Weber’s iron cage of rationality. The appendix ‘On Intellectual Craftsmanship’ is a fantastic outline of how a sociologist or student of any A pretty outdated, but decent explanation of what sociology is, lmaginacion an ideal sociologist ought to go about research and the ideals they should hold.

Return to Book Page. There must be creativity and independence of thought in the establishment of sociological theory, and any grand, sweeping notions should be avoided: I’m writing a paper for the New York State Sociological Association and am going to use Mills as one piece of my theoretical foundation.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. 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. Trivia About The Sociological It’s a hard read at first, and you start wgight 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.

Mills wriyht history is moving from “The Modern Age” to “The Fourth Epoch,” and old ideas and images are based in the past. The book was deeply boring. By stating one’s thesis in simple, understandable terms and not aggrandizing one’s observations, one can contribute to the study of how certain human beings relate with each other. The Sociological Imagination is a term coined by Mills to describe the way that good sociologists view a problem and the possible solutions.


To summarize his stance on the subject: 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. So, now I have.

His arguments against these modes wwright thought make sense: He accuses researchers of too often bending to the biases of the institutions of which they are a part, or, perhaps more grievously, to those supplying the money. Mills was a remarkable thinker, and he shows why the social sciences have something to say about the world we live in.

I’ve seen excerpts from Chapter 1 An inspirational essay on “The Promise” of sociology and the Appendix A student’s guide to the dos and don’ts and the author’s helpful suggestions “On Intellectual Craftsmanship” in various introductory classes, course packets, and textbook anthologies of selected sociklogica.

Wright Mills inand he died in only three years later. In fact, she says nothing, preferring to avenge herself in a sneakier manner. Again, objectivity and its questionable usefulness when doing sociology is raised by Mills just as objectivity is raised when journalists try to write to change the world as in being biased rather than pretend they have no interest in the topic and are thus objective.

Mills was concerned with the socio,ogica of intellectuals in post-World War II society, and advocated public, political engagement over uninterested observation.

I’m not a sociologist, but I have read enough sociology Socioolgica, Veblen, Durkheim, others to sustain at least imaginaicon vague interest in it, and I couldn’t manage that here.

Mar 18, EEC rated it it was amazing. Mills lambasts the two extremes of Grand Theory’s untestable and overly-syntactic nebulousness, and Abstract Empiricism’s unquestioning analyses of abstract and subjective data and its unhealthy preoccupation with methodology.

Sep 04, Tom Crosby rated it really liked it.

The Sociological Imagination

Mills died from a heart attack on March 20, 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.

This book is written as a sort of textbook for aspiring sociology majors, although Mills wouldn’t like the term “textbook”. The other chapters on grand theory, etc. Jan 07, Erik rated it it was amazing Shelves: His conception of the “Sociological Imagination” is more than a buzzword; it is a vehicle to a much broader but still realistic understanding of WHAT exactly the problems of society are and HOW we may go about studying them.


While I value knowledge-seeking in various settings [individual, household, community, educational, etc. Objectivity can get tossed in here as well at this point. Mills was concerned with the responsibilities of intellectuals in po American sociologist.

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.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Not that I completely agree with everything in this book, but Mills definitely challenged my ideas on how the social sciences should be approached. Is it possible to be a sociologist working to change status quo through applied research? Between the oft-referenced first and last sections lay a scathing critique and intelligent treatise on the contemporary and I might even suggest current state of the social sciences.

I enjoied of reading this book. Jan 05, Sean rated it it was amazing Shelves: Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

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He also admired and was influenced by Marx. Perhaps that is the very point of Mill’s engagement with these figures, yet he doesn’t point out their obvious failings in grasping with modernity, and the relation between theory and praxis.

Preview — The Sociological Imagination by C. Wright Mills argues are missing the forest for the trees.

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.