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There’s a scene early in Crime of PassionBarbara Stanwyck, Sterling Hayden, Raymond Burr when a newspaper advice columnist named Kathy Stanwycka self-confident, independent, unmarried dame, is trying to cover a story about a woman who has killed her husband. May 20, leighcia rated it it was amazing Shelves: This book is written as a sort of textbook for aspiring socoilogica majors, although Mills wouldn’t like the term “textbook”.

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

miills Perhaps I’d recommend this book to someone totally uninitiated in Sociology if I’d no other recommendations, but the appendix however is worth reading for everybody studying a social science or humanities at university, it’s inspirational and timeless unlike the rest of this book. Jul 15, Tyler rated it it was ok Shelves: May 10, Nathaniel Free rated it really liked it.

Mills is best remembered for his book The Sociological Imagination in which he lays out a view of the proper relationship between biography and history, theory and method in sociological scholarship.

Method and Theory must be informed by the issue, not the other way round.

It helps you to think beyond you see. Curiously, Mills himself is aware that contemporary society is changing “We are at the ending of what is called The Modern Age Feb 06, David Schaafsma rated it really liked it Shelves: Read in part for CRM Contemporary critical theories in criminology and other sociology classes. And, unlike many of his fellow Marxist writers, he has no patience for jargon or obscurantism.


Quotes from The Sociological To generalize a group of people and state a theory as The first hundred or so pages deal with abstract sociological theory that C. Feb 11, Dustin Hartley rated it it was amazing.

Will have to come back to this in a few years. Specially inequality in human relations explained well. Every person is, thus, mutable. 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 readings.

Social issues must be understood through the intersection of biography and history. Quick read and pretty straightforward.

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Jan 10, Abby Brown rated it really liked it. 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.

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. I think if I had read this as an undergraduate I would have underlined every sentence and missed the point.

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. All that being said, this has been one of the most thought-provoking and academically-inspiring books I have read in the past year. Wright Mills, The Sociological Imagination The Sociological Imagination is a classic sociological text published inthree years before Mills died at the age of Though I’m guessing Mills was unaware of what he was doing, in these mid-century books the world consists only of men and one mention of Karen Horney.

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Whilst the book itself is about 2 stars, the appendix is 5. Lists with This Book. Mills makes some great arguments on what social scientists’ real purpose and responsibility should be – focusing on the relationship between the individual and social structures when defining research problems, comparing structures to the societies and historical eras they exist in, and taking on a political role by informing the public of serious societal issues.

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.

Mills died from a heart attack on March 20, In fact, she says nothing, preferring to avenge herself in a sneakier manner.

The Sociological Imagination

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.

He also admired and was influenced by Marx. Sep 19, Simon Bailey rated it really liked it Shelves: 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.

It’s a clarion call for action that retains all of its power to this day. This is one of the best known works of sociology and the highlight of Mills’ impressive career. But the line went into me like a knife, and so it is with The Sociological Imagination.