Playfully intellectual and thought provoking The Sociological Imagination of C. Wright Mills American sociologist C.
Acknowledgements [Page ix] Some of the chapters in this book are substantially reworked versions of previously published work. Chapters 15 and 7 are based on articles in Sociology of Health and Illness Williams a,a, respectively ; Chapter 3 draws on arguments which first appeared in Sociology Williams a ; Chapter 6 draws from an article on sleep in Health Williams ; and Chapter 8 is an update on arguments first published in Social Science and Medicine Williams Thanks also to Sharon Boden for typing and commenting on some of the chapters in the book, and to Bryan Turner for his constructive comments on the submitted manuscript.
Thanks are also due to Chris Rojek and those at Sage for sticking with me and to Justin Dyer for some sharp-eyed copy-editing!
The book, I hope, does everyone justice, save the errors, which I dutifully bear. Epigram [Page x] Body is one great reason, a plurality with one sense, a war and a peace, a flock and a herdsman.
Nietzsche, Thus Spake Zarathustra Conclusion: The Challenges Ahead [Page ] What conclusions can be drawn from the embodied themes and issues discussed in this book? In part, of course, the answer lies in the conclusions already provided at the end of each respective chapter.
The issue, then, to return to debates raised at the beginning of this book, is to do not so much with a sociology of the body which of course has its placeas with an embodied sociology, in health as elsewhere: This, in turn, opens up a second key challenge concerning a rethinking of biology-society relations and associated divisions in sociology and beyond.
Sociologists, to be sure, may be wary of any such enterprise or undertaking given the taint of past biologism or its socio-biological reworkings. The risks, however, may be more apparent than real.
There are, as we have seen, many viable alternatives to reductionism available to draw upon, including non-determinist principles of irreducibility and emergence.
Going beyond the biological, to repeat, does not mean [Page ]leaving it out altogether, or reducing it to mere discourse. Realist agendas provide one more or less promising way forward here, as elsewhere, in keeping with the broader commitment to embodiment raised above see Archer, for example.
If society rather than sociology in large part directs the research agenda, then the imminent worldwide epidemic of AIDS, Gerhardt The epidemic of AIDS, of course, has not gone away, at least on a global scale.
Our increasing Western complacency, moreover, given pharmaceutical breakthroughs such as AZT, may well be shattered as new resistant strains of the virus emerge. Gerhardt's predictions, nonetheless, have been somewhat eclipsed or overshadowed by developments such as the new genetics, which may indeed transform the agenda of sociology of health and illness more or less radically over the coming decades.
The prospects, as we have seen, are potentially mind-boggling. The hype and overblown promises of the new genetics to date, however, remind us that caution is needed here in evaluating such claims, particularly when the multi-factorial nature of health and illness and its broader structural determinants are taken into account.
Herein lies the third key challenge ahead regarding the place and function of sociology in relation to the new genetics. Here we anticipate a fourth key challenge, regarding the bio ethical dilemmas and agendas this raises: This brings me to the fifth challenge I wish to raise in closing.
That such debates are now occurring is itself, nonetheless, both timely and instructive. What positive or negative scenarios does this suggest? And who are the winners and losers in any such process? Population pressures expected to increase by 50 per cent by the middle of this centurythe flows of tourism, global communications, the rise of transnational producer and consumer relations and the development of new forms of urban and cultural life — these and many other processes affect people within and across nation states and national borders Cohen and Kennedy Green battles and green movements, likewise, evince global concerns and global issues pertaining to the environment and the protection of the biosphere: All these issues carry important implications for health, including, of course, issues of globalization and genetization, inviting if not demanding medical sociologists to go beyond their traditional Western concerns, connecting local, regional and national issues to global debates, if not a global sociology Cohen and Kennedy There are, to be sure, some promising signs already here, particularly with respect to issues such as the new genetics [Page ] including GM foods and GMOs Petersen and Bunton and associated biotechnologies Clarke et al.
Much remains to be done, nonetheless, on these and other global counts. I have not mentioned war or terrorism until now, but these too, of course, carry important implications for health and health care on a global scale. From the battles in the Balkans and the horrors of ethnic cleansing, to the military bombings of Iraq and the depleted uranium fall-out left in its wake, and from the troubles of war-torn Kosovo to the ongoing struggles and bloodshed of the Israeli and Palestinian conflict, the scale of human tragedy, misery and unnecessary suffering is truly devastating.The Intersection of Biography and History Lisa Wade, PhD on January 24, We owe the term “sociological imagination” to C.
Wright Mills, a fundamental figure in sociology. In the famous essay, “The Promise,” by American sociologist, Charles Wright Mills, the sociological imagination is introduced and explained to be the basis for being able to study and understand society.
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Wright Mills showing how our daily lives are shaped by forces beyond our immediate control, to, on the other side, turning personal troubles into public issues, which is a political project. The Sociological Imagination and Personal Crises By Karen Sternheimer C.
Wright Mills famously described how “personal troubles” and “public issues” are related; understanding this relationship is essential for developing a sociological imagination.