Builds on the ideas C. Wright Mills expressed in The Sociological Imagination for an approach to the scientific method broad enough to open up to the full range of knowledge within the sociology discipline.
Toward A Sociological Imagination builds on the ideas C. Wright Mills expressed in The Sociological Imagination for an approach to the scientific method broad enough to open up to the full range of knowledge within the sociology discipline. In this book, nine sociologists and one philosopher provide detailed tests of the utility of the approach within diverse substantive sociological areas. These areas include, deviance and anomie, stratification and occupational mobility, the origins of capitalism, combining narrative sociology with modeling, racial and ethnic relations, unacknowledged emotions within the psychiatric interview, the genesis of violence, and the impact of moving from a vernacular to a theoretical approach to language.
Chapter 1 Preface Chapter 2 Contributors Chapter 3 The Framework: Chapter 4 Reconstructing the Scientific Method Chapter 5 "Toward a Reflexive Sociology:" A Second Look Chapter 6 Building Bridges: Chapter 7 The Process of Secularization: Toward a Theory-Oriented Methodology Chapter 8 Small Group Processes and the Legitimization of Societal Stratification: From Experiments to the Operation of Groups in Natural Situations Chapter 9 Explaining Inequality Chapter 10 A Critique of Pure Structure: The Limits of Rationality and Culture in the Transition from Feudalism to Capitalism Chapter 11 Parallels and Tensions between Models and Narratives Chapter 12 Prejudice: The Levin Experiment Chapter 13 Alienation, Labeling, and Stigma: Integrating Social and Emotional Aspects of Mental Illness Chapter 14 Working Class Emotions and Relationships: Secondary Analysis of Sennett and Cobb, and Willis Chapter 15 The Politics of Presentation: Goffman and Total Institutions