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SOCIOLOGY OF THE FAMILY C. Wright Mills THE SOCIOLOGICAL IMAGINATION
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C. Wright Mills and “Public Sociology” Sociology is a relatively new discipline in the U.S. Most sociology departments were not established until the 1950s C. Wright Mills wrote groundbreaking, popular books in the 1950s, making him one of the first “public sociologists” in the U.S. “Public sociology”: the idea that sociological knowledge should be an integral part of public discussions of social issues
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The Sociological Imagination Today’s reading, “The Promise” is taken from the first chapter of The Sociological Imagination. Basic argument: we must recognize the influence of external social factors on our lives before we can understand our selves and our society.
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N owadays men often feel that their private lives are a series of traps.” People may feel that their lives are a series of “traps” because they are unaware of the impact of larger social forces on their individual lives.
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“The facts of contemporary history are also facts about the success and the failure of individual men and women.”
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Confusion, Distress, Impotence People may feel confusion over rapidly changing values and norms (perceived shifts in social values may be particularly threatening) People may feel powerless to individually solve the problems that they see
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