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The Sociological Imagination.
The Sociological Imagination cover image By C. Wright Mills; with a new afterword by Todd Gitlin.
New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2000.
"C. Wright Mills is best remembered for his highly acclaimed work The Sociological Imagination, in which he set forth his views on how social science should be pursued. Hailed upon publication as a cogent and hard-hitting critique, The Sociological Imagination took issue with the ascendant schools of sociology in the United States, calling for a humanist sociology connecting the social, personal, and historical dimensions of our lives. 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. Leading sociologist Todd Gitlin brings this fortieth anniversary edition up to date with a lucid introduction in which he considers the ways social analysis has progressed since Mills first published his study in 1959. A classic in the field, this book still provides rich food for our imagination." - (publisher's description)
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- - H 61 .M5 2000

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Bureaucratic Culture and Escalating World Problems: Advancing the Sociological Imagination.
Bureaucratic Culture and Escalating World Problems: Advancing the Sociological Imagination cover image Edited by J. David Knottnerus and Bernard Phillips.
Boulder, CO: Paradigm Publishers, ©2009.
Series: Advancing the Sociological Imagination.
"On this fiftieth anniversary of the publication of Mills's The Sociological Imagination, the bureaucratic ethos that he described has continued to escalate. The 11 authors of this book carry further and systematically develop Mills's broad vision of the scientific method as they analyze escalating bureaucratic barriers that prevent us from solving our many pressing social, environmental, and economic problems." - (publisher's description)
UT Arlington - Central Library Books, 4th Floor
- - HM 806 .B89 2009

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Enriching the Sociological Imagination: How Radical Sociology Changed the Discipline.
Enriching the Sociological Imagination: How Radical Sociology Changed the Discipline cover image Edited by Rhonda F. Levine.
Leiden, Netherlands; Boston, MA: Brill, 2004.
Series: Studies in Critical Social Sciences, v. 1.
"Since the 1960s, radical sociology has had far more influence on mainstream sociology than many observers imagine. This book pairs seminal articles with new reflective essays written by the founders of progressive sociology, including Fred Block, Edna Bonacich, Samuel Bowles, Herbert Gintis, Val Burris, G. William Domhoff, Richard Flacks, Harvey Molotch, Goran Therborn, and Erik Olin Wright.
The book highlights the wider impact of radical sociology and shows how the work of these and other writers has continued to influence sociology's continuing interest in capitalism, class, race, gender, power, and progressive social change. It also describes future directions for a critical sociology relevant to a multicultural and global world." - (publisher's description)
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- - HM 585 .E67 2004

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The New Sociological Imagination.
The New Sociological Imagination cover image By Steve Fuller.
London, UK; Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE, 2006.
"C. Wright Mills' classic The Sociological Imagination has inspired generations of students to study Sociology. However, the book is nearly half a century old. What would a book address, aiming to attract and inform students in the 21st century? This is the task that Steve Fuller sets himself in this major new invitation to study Sociology.
The book:
* critically examines the history of the social sciences to discover what the key contributions of Sociology have been and how relevant they remain
* demonstrates how biological and sociological themes have been intertwined from the beginning of both disciplines, from the 19th century to the present day
* covers virtually all of sociology's classic theorists and themes
* provides a glossary of key thinkers and concepts.
This book sets the agenda for imagining Sociology in the 21st century and will attract students and professionals alike." - (publisher's description)
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- - HM 585 .F888 2006

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On Work, Race, and the Sociological Imagination.
On Work, Race, and the Sociological Imagination cover image By Everett Cherrington Hughes; edited and with an introduction by Lewis A. Coser.
Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, ©1994.
Series: The Heritage of Sociology.
"The writings in this volume highlight Hughes's contributions to the sociology of work and professions; race and ethnicity; and the central themes and methods of the discipline. Hughes was the first sociologist to pay sustained attention to occupations as a field for study and wrote frequently and searchingly about them. Several of the essays in this collection helped orient the first generation of Black sociologists, including Franklin Frazier, St. Clair Drake, and Horace Cayton." - (publisher's description)
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- - HT 675 .H82 1994

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Picturing the Social Landscape: Visual Methods in the Sociological Imagination.
Picturing the Social Landscape: Visual Methods in the Sociological Imagination cover image Edited by Caroline Knowles and Paul Sweetman.
New York, NY: Routledge, ©2004.
"In this collection an international range of experts explain how they have used visual methods in their own research, examine their advantages and limitations, and show how they have been used alongside other research techniques." "The collection showcases different methods in different contexts through the examination of a variety of topical issues. Methods covered include photo and video diaries, the use of images produced by respondents, the use of images and prompts in interviews and focus groups, documentary photography, photographic inventory and visual ethnography." - (publisher's description)
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- - HM 500 .P53 2004

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Postmodern Cowboy: C. Wright Mills and A New 21st Century Sociology.
Postmodern Cowboy: C. Wright Mills and A New 21st Century Sociology cover image By Keith Kerr; foreword by Stjepan Mestrovic.
Boulder, CO: Paradigm Publishers, ©2009.
Series: Advancing the Sociological Imagination.
"This book explores what contemporary sociology can learn from Mills. Mills, exploring foundations for social solidarity during his times, turned backward just as we now turn backward toward Mills. Mills, however, was not content to allow the dead to speak for the living, recognizing that midcentury America, while sharing historical links to past times, also possessed people and structures that moved beyond what sociology of old was prepared to engage. At the start of the twenty-first century, we too must understand it is time to take from Mills what we can, but like Mills, we must learn to move forward and confront the problems of our own age. It is not argued that Mills should be forgotten; only that if Mills is to be relevant to contemporary sociology, a forward-looking vision must be drawn from his work rather than the nostalgic glance backward characteristic of much of Millsian scholarship. Exploring the impetus for Mills's statements on American culture, these pages are partly a biographical exploration into Mills's first 20 years and how these formative years shaped the scope and concern of Mills's later formulation of the emerging postmodern world. In exploring Mills's early experiences and how these later reappear in his academic work, the book examines previously unpublished and in some cases previously unknown primary documents, and shows what contributions a forward-looking Millsian scholarship could provide to an ailing contemporary sociology." - (publisher's description)
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- - HM 477 .U6 K47 2009

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Rethinking Modernity: Postcolonialism and the Sociological Imagination.
Rethinking Modernity: Postcolonialism and the Sociological Imagination cover image By Gurminder K. Bhambra.
Basingstoke, Hampshire, UK; New York, NY: Palgrave, 2007.
"Rethinking Modernity presents a fundamental reconstruction of the idea of modernity in contemporary sociology and social theory. It criticizes the abstraction of European modernity from its colonial context as well as the way in which the experiences of non-Western 'others' are regarded as having no contribution to make to such understandings. In challenging the dominant, Eurocentred accounts of the emergence and development of modernity, Gurminder Bhambra presents an argument for the recognition of 'connected histories' in the reconstruction of historical sociology at a global level. She addresses three supposedly 'founding moments' in the narrative of modernity - the Renaissance, the French Revolution, and the Industrial Revolutions - in order to identity myths of origin which remain embedded in dominant accounts of modernity, whether of modernization theory or multiple modernities." - (publisher's description)
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- - HM 585 .B486 2007

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Social Problems and the Sociological Imagination: A Paradigm for Analysis.
By David R. Simon.
New York : McGraw-Hill, ©1995.
"Designed for use as a supplementary social problems text at the undergraduate level, this book analyzes social problems using the paradigm of C. Wright Mills' "sociological imagination", focusing on the relationship between personal troubles and public issues affecting the society at large. After describing the major problems of American society and grounding the reader in the fundamentals of the sociological imagination, the author centers each chapter around one of the basic concepts of the paradigm (structure, biography and alienation, historical main drift, ideology, and social change). Each chapter contains two exercises, one short, the other long, which teach students how to develop a sociological imagination. Created to be fun and interesting, most involve content analysis and the study of the mass media. While other texts discuss the sociological imagination, no other text applies it systematically." - (publisher's description)
UT Arlington - Central Library Books, 4th Floor
- - HM 51 .S538 1995

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Stalking the Sociological Imagination: J. Edgar Hoover's FBI Surveillance of American Sociology.
Stalking the Sociological Imagination: J. Edgar Hoover's FBI Surveillance of American Sociology cover image By Mike Forrest Keen.
Westport, CN: Greenwood Press, 1999.
Series: Contributions in Sociology, no. 126.
"It is now common knowledge that the FBI and its long-time director, J. Edgar Hoover, were responsible for the creation of a massive internal security apparatus that undermined the very principles of freedom and democracy they were sworn to protect. While no one was above suspicion, Hoover appears to have held a special disdain for sociologists and placed many of American sociology's most prominent figures under surveillance. Using documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act, this volume portrays the FBI's stalking of the sociological imagination, offering a detailed account of its investigations within the context of an overview of the history of American sociology." - (publisher's description)
UT Arlington - Central Library Books, 4th Floor
- - HM 22 .U5 K44 1999

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Thoreau and the Sociological Imagination: The Wilds of Society.
Thoreau and the Sociological Imagination: The Wilds of Society cover image By Shawn Chandler Bingham.
Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, ©2008.
"Thoreau and the Sociological Imagination: The Wilds of Society is the first in-depth sociological examination of the ideas of Henry David Thoreau. Through explorations of Thoreau's intellectual links to early social thinkers, as well as the mainstay Thoreauvian concerns for the individual-society relationship, social change, and deconstructing society's idea of progress, Bingham illustrates the sophistication of Thoreau's sociological imagination challenging readers to re-examine the disciplinary boundaries between the social sciences and the humanities." - (publisher's description)
UT Arlington - Central Library Books, 4th Floor
- - HM 831 .B558 2008

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Understanding Terrorism: Building on the Sociological Imagination.
Understanding Terrorism: Building on the Sociological Imagination cover image Edited by Bernard Phillips.
Boulder, CO: Paradigm Publishers, ©2007.
Series: Advancing the Sociological Imagination.
"Two fundamental problems within the social sciences are the failure to integrate the existing segments of knowledge and a very limited ability to point out directions for solving social problems, given that lack of integrated knowledge. This volume illustrates the integrated work of seven sociologists to reverse this situation not only for the problem of terrorism but also for any substantive or applied problem. C. Wright Mills in The Sociological Imagination castigated the failure to integrate social science knowledge, and this volume carries forward his efforts to analyze human complexity. To understand and confront terrorism we require not only the integration of social science knowledge bearing on that problem, as illustrated by these authors. We also require the integration of that knowledge with the understanding of those on the front lines in order to connect the dots of specialized basic and applied knowledge, which this volume makes possible." - (publisher's description)
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- - HV 6431 .U348 2007

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