Promise of Sociology – C Wright Mills_Notes

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Promise of Sociology – C Wright Mills Thesis : men in general overlook the role of larger historical and institutional factors in affecting our situations. They fail to recognize the connection between the tangible, micro level of how people act in everyday life and the invisible forces that have social trends and structures (Macro level). Ordinary men fail to make connections to grasp the interplay of man and society, or self and world. They cannot cope with their personal troubles in such ways as to control the structural transformations that usually lie behind them. Argument : what man needs is the sociological imagination. The sociological imagination is a quality of ind that will allow you to use information and to develop reason in order to achieve lucid summations of what is going on in the world and of what may be happening within themselves. It allows its possessor to understand the larger historical scene in terms of its meaning to him and other individuals. Allows him to realize how individuals in daily experience often become falsely conscious of their social
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Unformatted text preview: positions. It allows the individual to understand his own experience and guague his own fate by locating himself within his period and becoming awre of those individuals in his own circumstances. It lets us know the limits of human nature. Allows you ro range from the most impersonal and remote transformations to the most intimate features of the human self. IN SUMMATION: men now hope to grasph what is going on in the world, to understand what is happening in themselves as minute points of the intersections of biography and history within society. Trouble vs. Issue: troubles occur within the character of the individual and within the range of his immediate relations with others; Limited areas of social life of which he is directly and personally aware; a private matter. Issue is a matter that transcends local environments of the individual and the range of his inner life; have to do with organization of many such milieux; public matter....
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This note was uploaded on 02/20/2009 for the course DSOC 1101 taught by Professor Hirshel during the Fall '07 term at Cornell University (Engineering School).

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