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The Promise - Mills - -the public issues of social...

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The Promise C. Wright Mills SOCIOLOGICAL IMAGINATION - enables its possessor to understand the large historical scene in terms of its meaning for the inner life and the external career of a variety of individuals - the idea that the individual can understand his own experience and gauge his own fate only by locating himself within his period - enables us to grasp history and biography and the relations between the two within society - imagination is the capacity to shift from one perspective to another, form the political to the psychological - capacity to range from the most impersonal and remote transformation to the most intimate features of the human self – and to see the relations between the two - sociological imagination is a new way of thinking; experiencing a transvaluation of values - realize the culture meaning of the social sciences Sociological imagination works between
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Unformatted text preview: -the public issues of social structure Issues have to do with matters that transcend those local environments of the individual and the range of his inner life-issue is a public matter-involves a crisis in institutional arrangements-what Marxists call contradictions or antagonisms-experience of various and specific milieux (surroundings, esp. of social and culture nature) is often caused by structural changes -capable of tracing linkages among a great variety of milieux-to achieve this we need to possess the sociological imagination Problems our decade has shifted from the external realm of economics and now has to do with the quality of individual life-dangers of forces of temporary society itself, its alienating methods of production, its techniques of political domination and its internal anarchy...
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