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'Sociological Imagination'.

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"Nowadays men everywhere seek to know where they stand, where they may be going, and what-if anything- they can do about the present as history and the future as responsibility. Such questions as these no one can answer once and for all. Every period provides its own answers. But just now, for us, there is a difficulty. We are now at the ending of an epoch, and we have got to work out our own answers". (C. Wright Mills 1959) To understand the term `Sociological Imagination', it is important to identify what Sociology is and what do sociologists study. It is also vital to look at the three basic concerns of the sociological imagination or perspective, which include Social Structure, Social Institutions and Social Processes. Moreover, it is necessary to understand what C. Wright Mills means when he mentions "the personal troubles of milieu" and "the public issues of social structure", and how it helps us to understand the society in which we live in. What is `Sociological Imagination'? To answer this question a person must first know what Sociology is. ...read more.

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It enables the individual to understand how they came to be, what they are in terms of their attitudes, beliefs, and behavior. It creates a puzzle when a persona life is combined within the society they live. When people arrange to meet for coffee, they are mainly interested in getting together and chatting rather than what they will be drinking. The term Coffee is Symbolic of this Social get together. Many people are aware that to `go for coffee' is to catch up, chat, and for social reasons rather than drinking "coffee". Giddens, A (1997) states, "drinking and eating in all societies provide occasions for social interaction and the enactment of rituals- and these offer a rich subject matter for sociological study". Sociological imagination helps the individual to understand the society in which they live in by moving the individual away from reality and looking beyond the picture it self. By doing so it helps to show the strong link between an individual's personal life and the society in which they live. Sociological imagination enables people to imagine how these conditions have operated and to imagine how different conditions would shape society differently. ...read more.

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it can be said that the first wisdom of sociology is that things are not what they seem". For C. Wright Mills, the sociological imagination is a `quality of mind', which allows its owner to identify the influence of history and society upon our individual life beliefs and cultural viewpoints. At the same time as it helps us to better understand how society defines us as individuals, it also helps us to be aware of how we, as individual personalities, contribute to the formation of society. R. Jureidi and M. Poole, 1997, cited in Mills, "the sociological imagination is based on the view that we cannot understand the social world from our own experiences alone". Sociological Imagination is the ability to combine the inner self of an individual and level it with the existing society in which they live. Sociologists who study Sociological Imagination comes to realize that all is interrelated, with the main basic concerns for sociology are social structure, social institutions, and social processes. The "personal troubles of milieu" occur when it is the responsibility of the individual insociety, while "public issues of social structure" includes society as a whole withparticular issues which up rise. ...read more.

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