Thinking_like_a_sociologist_01_23_08

21 personal troubles and public issues when in a city

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Unformatted text preview: one’s own experiences in life (biography) through an awareness of these larger societal patterns (history) and the shared, common fate with those in similar circumstances 20 The Imagination of Mills The Imagination of Mills Mills distinguished between personal troubles of milieu and public issues of social structure. Personal Troubles ­ occur within the character and biography of the individual and their immediate environment; a seemingly private experience Public Issues ­ transcend the local environment of the individual and are linked to the institutional and historical arrangements of social structure. 21 Personal Troubles and Public Issues Personal Troubles and Public Issues When, in a city of 100,000, only one man is unemployed, that is his personal trouble, and for its relief we properly look to the character of the man, his skills, and his immediate opportunities. But when in a nation of 50 million employees, 15 million men are unemployed, that is a [public] issue, and we may not hope to find its solution within the range of opportunities open to any one...
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This note was uploaded on 02/10/2009 for the course DSOC 101 taught by Professor Hirshel during the Spring '08 term at Cornell.

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