"Freedom is not merely the opportunity to do as one pleases; neither is it merely the opportunity to choose between set alternatives. Freedom is, first of all, the chance to formulate the available choices, to argue over them -- and then, the opportunity to choose": First Edition of The Sociological Imagination; Signed by C. Wright Mills

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The Sociological Imagination.


Item Number: 4096

New York: Oxford University Press, 1959.

First edition of one the the most influential sociological works of the twentieth century. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by C. Wright Mills on the front free endpaper. Near fine in a very good price-clipped dust jacket.

In writing The Sociological Imagination, Mills was trying to reconcile two varying, abstract conceptions of social reality—the "individual" and "society"—and thereby challenged the dominant sociological discourse to define some of its most basic terms and be forthright about the premises behind its definitions. He began the project of reconciliation and challenge with critiques of "grand theory" and "abstracted empiricism," outlining and criticizing their use in the current sociology of the day. In 1998 the International Sociological Association listed this work as the second most important sociological book of the 20th century.

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