"I believe that what may be called
classic social analysis is a definable and usable set of traditions; that
its essential feature is the concern with historical social structures;
and that its problems are of direct relevance to urgent public issues and
insistent human troubles. I also believe that there are now great
obstacles in the way of this tradition's continuing--both within the social
sciences and in their academic and political settings--but that nevertheless
the qualities of mind that constitute it are becoming a common denominator
of our general cultural life and that, however vaguely and in however a
confusing variety of disguises, they are coming to be felt as a need"
(The Sociological Imagination, 1959, p. 21).