Thinking_like_a_sociologist_01_23_08

C wright mills 18 the sociological imagination c

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Unformatted text preview: y of an organization (the Pentagon or the White House) Macro­level: e.g., the study of the interaction of organizations (the War in Iraq) This class will focus on all three levels 16 The Sociological Imagination The Sociological Imagination C. Wright Mills 1916­1962 17 The Sociological Imagination The Sociological Imagination C. Wright Mills coined the term C. “sociological imagination” to refer to “...the vivid awareness “...the of the relationship between private experience and the wider society.” wider C. Wright Mills 18 The Sociological Imagination C. Wright Mills describes sociological imagination as the ability to view one’s society as an outsider would, without one’s limited experiences and cultural biases An awareness of the relationship between an individual and the wider society, and… 19 Mills’ vision of sociology Mills’ vision of sociology The task of sociology is to grasp history and biography and the relations between the two within society The sociological imagination is the ability to see the societal patterns that influence individuals, families, groups, and organizations. One can understand...
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