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The appendix provides some guidance on how to conduct such research. We should be careful to aggrandize the father’s of social science, because in doing so we risk forgetting that we too are just as capable of producing sound social science.

Will have to come back to this in a few years. When many politics- debated and undebated — are based on inadequate and misleading definitions of reality, then those who are out to define reality more adequately are bound to be upsetting influences.

All of this boils down to a myriad of ‘microscopic’ studies which cannot be logically construed together to A seminal production in social science from one of it’s most iconic figures. A must read for sociology student.

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The other chapters on grand theory, etc. It is best read, I think, as a polemic. So, now I have. To summarize his stance on the subject: Feb 21, Daniel O’Neill rated it liked it.

His arguments against these modes of thought make sense: Trivia About The Sociological There must be creativity and independence of millw in the establishment socioloogica sociological theory, and any grand, sweeping notions should be avoided: He says, “What are you doing here?


To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Refresh and try again. Finally, he presents his view on what he believes to be a major social issue – the rationalisation of the individual and lack of reason when making decisions – which is both intriguing, relevant, and very much in line with Max Weber’s iron cage of rationality. Apr 13, Lobstergirl rated it it was ok Shelves: The sociological imagination Mills calls for is a sociological vision, a way of looking at the world that can see links between the apparently private problems of the individual and important social issues.

See 1 question about The Sociological Imagination…. 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.

Lists with This Book. In this book, Mills criticizes the two dominant methods of s 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. He spends the beginning of imagjnacion book fairly aggressively attacking current in the 50s but still I think quite relevant today trends in sociology and then sociologiica on to explain sociology as he sees it: The two ends of that spectrum are not really positions that anyone ls ever really holds.


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.

La Imaginacion Sociologica by Charles Wright Mills (1961, Paperback)

May 23, Melissa Corbett rated it it was ok. We liked the book. View all 6 comments.

If Mills is not the smartest author I’ve read recently he is certainly one of the clearest thinkers. 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 sciologica some interesting methodological advice in the appendix.

Though Mill had a few touches of elitism to him, it was so refreshing to read someone who had a vision for social sciences and for the academy that mandates relevance to society at large and the individual. While I value knowledge-seeking in various settings [individual, household, community, educational, etc. View all 7 comments. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Those of illiberal practicality tend to be actually working within the bureaucratic system only focusing on the problems “chosen” by those with great power within the system p.