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The sociological imagination and its promise fifty years later: Is there a future for the social sciences as a free form of enquiry?

Frade, C 2009, 'The sociological imagination and its promise fifty years later: Is there a future for the social sciences as a free form of enquiry?' , Cosmos and History: The Journal of Natural and Social Philosophy, 5 (2) , pp. 9-39.

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Abstract

This paper offers a restatement of Wright Mills’ The Sociological Imagination and tries to judge whether its promise can be credibly renewed today by addressing the question about the present and future possibilities of the social sciences as free forms of enquiry. Relying on Weber, Mills and other thinkers, the paper sustains that the possibilities for a truly free social science essentially depend on three major ‘conditions’: the subjective stance or vocation, the sociological imagination proper, and an independent social science politics, conditions whose apt names can also be ‘love’, ‘insight’ and ‘courage’. An analysis of the presence and strength of each of these conditions in contemporary social science and in academia shows the magnitude of the task faced for the existence of a free social science.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Subjects / Themes > H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Subjects outside of the University Themes
Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care > School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences > Centre for Social Research
Journal or Publication Title: Cosmos and History: The Journal of Natural and Social Philosophy
Publisher: Open Humanities Press
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 1832-9101
Depositing User: C Frade
Date Deposited: 10 May 2010 08:55
Last Modified: 10 Jul 2014 09:36
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/9259

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