MAX WEBER: FINDING SIGNIFICANCE IN REALITY Timothy
... children died before growing into adults. The two children that died would have, most likely
survived had they been born in the present time. Weber himself often had to endure sickness; he
would overcome meningitis at the early age of four (Gerth and Mills, 1958). Weber’s mother
was very much a Pro ...
The Sociological Imagination Revisited
... structure". The task of the social sciences was to clarify the link between
men suffering and the larger historical forces which created their "personal
troubles". Mills argued that social inquiries must ultimately address the
intersections of biography and history within a given society. The socia ...
C. Wright Mills
... Theory is supportive, but its main function is to lead
to further facts. The product of this kind of sociology,
said mills, is factual but lacking imagination.
More importantly, it often bypasses problems that are
more centrally significant.
C. Wright Mills
Charles Wright Mills (August 28, 1916 – March 20, 1962) was an American sociologist, and a professor of sociology at Columbia University from 1946 until his death in 1962. Mills was published widely in popular and intellectual journals, and is remembered for several books, among them The Power Elite, which introduced that term and describes the relationships and class alliances among the U.S. political, military, and economic elites; White Collar, on the American middle class; and The Sociological Imagination, where Mills proposes the proper relationship in sociological scholarship between biography and history.Mills was concerned with the responsibilities of intellectuals in post-World War II society, and advocated public and political engagement over uninterested observation. Mills' biographer, Daniel Geary, writes that Mills' writings had a ""particularly significant impact on New Left social movements of the 1960s."" It was Mills who popularized the term ""New Left"" in the U.S. in a 1960 open letter, Letter to the New Left.