Bureaucratic Culture and Escalating World Problems: Advancing the Sociological Imagination

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  • Length: 208 pages
  • Trim size: 6" x 9"

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  • ISBN: 978-1-59451-654-2
  • Publish date: May 2011
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Fifty years after of the publication of C. Wright Mills’s The Sociological Imagination, the “bureaucratic ethos” that he described has continued to escalate. The eleven authors of this book carry further and systematically develop Mills’s broad vision of the scientific method as they analyze escalating bureaucratic barriers that prevent us from solving our many pressing social, environmental, and economic problems.

Author Info

J. David Knottnerus is Professor of Sociology at Oklahoma State University. He recently coauthored Elder Care Catastrophe: Rituals of Abuse in Nursing Homes (Paradigm 2010).

Bernard Phillips taught at the University of North Carolina and Illinois before teaching at Boston University. He is author most recently of Armageddon or Evolution? The Scientific Method and Escalating World Problems (Paradigm 2008).


“Sociologists mark the elapse of half a century since the 1959 publication of C. Wright Mills’ The Sociological Imagination with critiques of the book in the light of current world problems, and critiques of how well the profession has addressed the problems it identified. Their perspectives include increasing sociology’s relevance to ecological research, Harry Braverman and the working class, the bureaucratic ritualization and transformation of physical neglect in nursing homes, public sociology in an age of professionalism, a sociological analysis of public opinion and social movements, and deep dialogue and deep democracy.” --Eithne O’Leyne, October 2011 Reference and Research Book News

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