Sociology 1 - Sociology The Sociological Imagination 1/16...

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Sociology 1/16 The Sociological Imagination 1) Developed by C. Wright Mills a) Sociological interplay between a person and society i) Ex: breakup- surroundings and circumstances had factors in breakup ii) Ex: Katrina- society blamed people, people blamed society iii) “individual lives are lived at the intersection of personal biography and social history” 2) Suicide a) Personal event i) Ex: Plano, TX- 9 high schoolers committed suicide b) Two trends in suicide i) Likelihood of people committing suicide goes down as income goes up except for African American subgroup ii) Different seasons have higher rates of suicide (1) Sweden- winter (2) US- late spring and summer- people tend to feel isolated and alone, not as much structure in one’s life iii) Emile Durkheim’s suicide study (1) Suicide rate to social integration graph- U shaped trend (a) Catholics at bottom- right amount of rules and structure in one’s life (2) Women- more likely to commit suicide, Men- more likely to succeed 3) What is Society?
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