Week 1 Key Concepts

Week 1 Key Concepts - Soc 1: Introduction to Sociology...

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Soc 1: Introduction to Sociology Fall 2008 Professor Avery F. Gordon Week 1: The Sociological Imagination Key Concepts: The sociological imagination: The sociological imagination is a way of seeing, an analytic approach, not limited to professional sociologists. It is a way of seeing the relationship between personal troubles and public issues. “It enables,” Mills wrote, “its possessor to understand the larger historical scene in terms of its meaning for the inner life and the external career of a variety of individuals.” The sociological imagination is the “capacity to range from the most impersonal and remote transformations to the most intimate features of the human self—and to see the relations between the two.” Personal troubles of milieu: These troubles occur within the immediate life of the individual and within her/his proximate milieu. “They have to do with his/her self and those limited areas of social life of which s/he is directly and personally aware.” Feeling Trapped:
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