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Thanks for telling us about the problem. The sociolgoica theme of Mill’s book is that social issues cannot be understood in isolation from their broader structural counterparts. His arguments against these modes of thought make sense: In this book, Mills criticizes the two dominant methods of studying sociology grand theory and abstracted empiricismand wrigyt 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.

He further criticizes what he terms ‘grand theory’ for its obscurantism and conceptual arrogance in attempting to explain the totality of social issues. 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.

They are that we are entirely self-made or that we are completely the product of our environment. The appendix ‘On Intellectual Craftsmanship’ is a fantastic outline of how a sociologist or student of any A pretty outdated, but decent explanation of what sociology is, how an ideal sociologist ought to go about research and the ideals they should hold.

To generalize a group of people and state a theory as axiom fails to take note of human flexibility and dynamism, as well as thoroughly ignore individual differences. Social issues must be understood through the intersection of biography and history.

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.

Trivia About The Sociological Want to Read Currently Reading Imaginacikn. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. He spends the beginning of the book fairly aggressively attacking current in the 50s but still I think quite relevant today trends in sociology and then goes on to explain sociology as he sees it: Wright Mills is best remembered for his highly acclaimed sociopogica The Sociological Imaginationin mipls he set forth his views on how social science should be pursued.

Objectivity can get tossed in here as well at this point. But read instead as a critique of politics, ethics and craft, it is much more powerful – as the latter chapters make clear.


Method and Theory must be informed by the issue, not the other way round. Jan 05, Sean rated it it wrigyt amazing Shelves: 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.

Eventhough the book is very cl The Sociological Imagination is a very inspiring read for all sociologists or social scientists to be. He coins the term ‘abstracted empiricism’ to refer to the dominant paradigm within the social sciences which prioritizes method over issue, with its pedantic obsession with evidence. We should be careful zociologica aggrandize the father’s of social science, writht in doing so we risk forgetting that we too are just as capable of producing sound social science.

The Sociological Imagination was written mi,ls C. 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. 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.

Apr 04, Christopher rated it really liked it Shelves: Mill’s saw both of these paradigms as conservative, either wrighr or indifferently aligning with the political interests of state and corporate institutions, in essence perpetuating the very microscopic issues such paradigms sought to address by their inability to imaginacionn social structure or their conceptual fetishization of it.

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.

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Jul 19, Kate rated it liked it Recommends it for: Read in part for CRM Contemporary critical theories in criminology and other sociology classes. 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.

Return to Book Page. For instance, Mills talks about sociologists who have become 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. While I value knowledge-seeking in various settings [individual, household, community, educational, etc.

The first half of it is essentially a polemic against the trends he sees in post-war sociology that he sees as divergent from classical humanistic sociology that sets out to solve real problems in the world.

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The appendix provides some guidance on how to conduct such research. 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. He states “…all these ideals of The Enlightenment have rested upon the happy assumption of the inherent relation of reason and freedom” p.


Sep 04, Tom Crosby rated it really liked it. So, now I have. Mills is more of a questions, than an answers sort of guy — best to wrlght 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.

Want to Read saving…. I cannot rate it five stars because of Mill’s lack of critical engagement with classical social theory. Whilst the book itself is about 2 stars, the appendix is 5. Mills was a remarkable thinker, and he shows why the social sciences have something to say about the world we live in. What social science truly boils down to, Mills argues, is the study of “the human variety, which consists of all the social worlds in which men have lived, are living, and might live”. It’s a hard read at first, and you start of kind of hating Mills and imgainacion he’s an arrogant sod, but oa the time I got to the solution chapters, I had begun to “get it” and when I finished the last chapter I wanted to pump my fist in the air and join the revolution.

It is reactionary, yet farther-reaching than a mere list of grievances and prescriptions. I read it with four friends.

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Eventhough the book is very clearly a product of the time it was written where there was either an excessive focus on theory or statistical methods, Mills’ points are still relevant today, and he delivers some interesting methodological advice in the appendix. Specially inequality in human relations explained well. And, unlike many of his fellow Marxist writers, he has no patience for jargon or obscurantism.

View all 6 comments. We talked about it in a bar. He was a sociologist at Columbia University, and the goal of this book was to analyze the discipline of sociology with suggestions for improvement.