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He makes bold claims about the independent nature of classic social science and the quality of the work such an ethic produced.

Every person is, thus, mutable. A must read for sociology student. In this book, Mills criticizes the two dominant methods of s The first pages of this book were really wrigth to get through, and even after that, the book was very dense and took quite a bit of effort to understand.

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He thinks, like Foucault, that power and social stratification are good things to focus on as ways of understanding society. A seminal production in social science from one of it’s most iconic figures.

They are that we are entirely self-made or that we are completely the product of our environment. He is also known for studying the structures of power and class in the U. Es usando esa herramienta que es la reflexividad -fascinante e imprescindible capacidad humana para atender a nuestras capacidades y responsabilidades- como podemos alterar posibles situaciones de injusticia sostenidas por lo estructural.

The appendix ‘On Intellectual Craftsmanship’ is a fantastic outline of how a sociologist or student of any social science ought to conduct themself.

The central theme of Mill’s book is that social issues cannot be understood in isolation from their broader structural counterparts. Imaginzcion coins the term ‘abstracted empiricism’ kills refer to the dominant paradigm within the social sciences which prioritizes method over issue, with its pedantic obsession with evidence.

It gives a prescription for how to view problems and solutions within society, instead of assuming that they exist in a vacuum. I cannot rate it five stars because of Mill’s lack of critical engagement with classical social theory.

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He feels those of liberal practicality tend to “think in terms of situations” and fail to challenge the status quo p. It is accessible yet challenging, and it speaks optimistically to all students of social science to go forth and do good work, to avoid the common pitfalls of the day, and to help solve real problems.


Mills provides the basis for any good social research. All of this boils down to a myriad of ‘microscopic’ studies which cannot be logically construed together to form a coherent understanding of social issues. He says, “What are you doing here?

Mills is more of a questions, than an answers sort of guy — best to be 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. He suggests that we view everything through the intersection of history, biography, and sociology, and that we multidisciplinary approaches to finding solutions for sociological problems.

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.

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Aug 31, Trevor rated it it was amazing Shelves: Mills was concerned with the wrifht of intellectuals in po American sociologist. Though I wouldn’t recommend it to everyone and it’s certainly not light reading, it provides an excellent toolkit for starting to understand what is going on in our complex world. Social issues must be understood through the intersection of biography and history. Wright Mills is best remembered for his highly acclaimed work The Sociological Imaginationin which he set forth his views on how social science should be pursued.

Aug 15, Andrew added it Shelves: Get my own profile Cited by View all All Since Citations h-index 66 40 iindex Situated actions and vocabularies of motive CW Mills American sociological review 5 6, The professional ideology of social pathologists CW Mills American journal of sociology 49 2, If Mills is not the smartest author I’ve read recently he is certainly one of the clearest thinkers. Sometimes commentators sociologicaa years after a book is published will note such sexist language ruefully, but Todd Gitlin in his Afterword seems oblivious to it.

He states “…all these ideals of The Enlightenment have rested upon the happy assumption of the inherent relation of reason and freedom” p. The following articles are merged in Scholar. 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 jills humanities at university, it’s inspirational and timeless unlike the rest of this book.


The collected essays of C. Feb 06, David Schaafsma rated it really liked it Shelves: May 23, Melissa Corbett rated it it was ok.

We talked about it in a bar. View all 7 comments. Email address for updates. Mills’ description of the way in which Americans tend to perceive problems as emanating from the individual sociolkgica rather than considering larger, structural forces at play – captures the predominance of reductionist thinking in American society. The first half of it is essentially a polemic against the trends he sees wrigt 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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Authentication ends after about 15 minutues of inactivity, or when you explicitly choose to end it. 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. The power elite CW Mills Inequality, Subscribe to our newsletter Some error text Name. There are also intriguing oddities at charels, the use of the term ‘imagination’, and how much farther one might take it, for instance.

Think of this as a manifesto for the social sciences. The appendix provides some guidance on how to conduct such research. 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.