10/12/2015°Sociological Imagination°September 3, 2015°°What is sociology?Sociology is the scientific study of human social life, groups, andsocietiesIn other words, it:oIs a discipline devoted to both rules and expectations;oChallenges what we think as natural, inevitable, good or true
°°Consider the Question:What is the relationship between education and income?
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The .01% “outliers”/”ayticas”:In the US:oCurrent US population: 318.9 milliono.01% of that is 31,890 human beingsIn the world:oCurrent world population: 7 billiono.01% of that is: 700,000 human beings°°How do we study the “exceptions”What is the relationship between education and incomeAn alternative way to study this question is:oLocating the exceptions;oUnderstanding their experiences;oWhat do these experiences have in common?;oBuilding a theory°°What is sociology?Currently there are 52 sections°°Sociological Imagination:Article by C.W Mills:
oWhy do we need sociological imagination?oWhat is sociological imagination?Being able to see the commonality of how your lifeaffects societyTo connect your life to societyTo connect and compare your life to historical societyoSociological imagination helps us to regain a sense ofpersonhood by:Providing social explanations to individual troubles;Linking macro-level social change to individualbiographySociological imagination works on a link between structuralconstraint and human agency:oSocial structure describes any recurring pattern of socialbehavior;oAgency is intentional and undetermined human action;oWhat we do both gives shape to and is shaped by society;oAgency reproduces structureFor example consider: W course requirementSociological Imagination in Practice:oSociological imagination pushes us to:Go beyond everyday mundane life and link to thecollectivityHow did you come to study your major at UConn?Social Issues: credential inflation, ideology, labormarket, social reproduction, gender inequality,globalizationIndividual situations: UCONN: Chem, bio,engineering, finance, art, etc.Make the familiar strange;
Mayonnaise on French friesDevelop a historical and global perspective:Sociologists challenges the idea of universality;There is no overarching structure; we mustdifferentiate culture, stratification system, politics,economy, etc.Is love universal°9/8°History of Sociology°°18th– 19thCentury:The consequences of Industrial Revolution?