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The New Sociological Imagination


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PART ONE: DESPERATELY SEEKING SOCIOLOGY IN THE 21ST CENTURY Tales of the Academic Undead The Mysterious Disappearance of Society The Social Sciences at Risk A Brief History of the Stakes Socialism as the Elusive Synthesis at the Heart of Social Science The Problem of Inheritance and Socialism's Ultimate Retreat to Naturalism Towards a Renewal of Welfare and the Rediscovery of British Sociology Interlude Today's Orwellian Turn in Sociology PART TWO: THE BIOLOGICAL CHALLENGE TO SOCIAL SCIENCE The Hidden Biological Past of Classical Social Theory Making the Difference between Sociology and Biology Matter Today Beware of Darwinists Bearing Leftist Gifts The Struggle for Marx's Successor Who (or What) Deserves Our Sympathy? PART THREE: HUMANITY AS THE ENDANGERED SPECIES OF OUR TIMES The Coming World-Historic Struggle in Science and Religion Understanding the Fundamentalist Backlash against Secularism Karma Secularized The Darwinian Turn in Development Policy Might we become Nazis in Paradise? Conclusion Is There No Escape from Human Nature?

About the Author

Steve Fuller is a Professor of Sociology at Warwick University. Other titles of his include The New Sociological Imagination (SAGE, 2006), and popular The Intellectual (Icon Books, 2006).


"Fuller is one of the most productive and critical writers in the history and philosophy of science and the social studies of science, technology, and society to use the title of his 1988 book. His current book is squarely within this tradition . . . Fuller raises significant questions concerning challenges to the concept of "humanity" posed by evolutionary psychology and the Darwinian Left on the one hand, and by developments in biotechnology and nanotechnology on the other hand." -- M. Oromaner

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