Reading 1 The promise of sociology by C. Wright Mills

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Reading 1: The promise of sociology by C. Wright Mills Purpose: To aid in recognizing the invisible forces that shape social trends and structures. What ordinary men are directly aware of is bounded by the private orbits in which they live ie. Job, family and neighborhood, this view leads to a trapped feeling. However the facts of contemporary history are also facts that shape the success and failure of individual men and women. Ie. Society becomes industrialized a peasant becomes a worker The course of world history plays a large role in shaping life patterns, despite this few men realize or choose to realize this in understanding the problems they face. They cannot grasp the concept of “self and world” failing to cope with problems by analyzing the structural transformations that lie behind them Ask a question regarding paragraph 3 on page 11 The fast technological change and change of history in general makes it difficult for men to orient themselves in accordance with morals and values…they feel that since times are changing so quiclkly It throws off moral stasis because old world values are sometimes no longer applicable.
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  • Fall '06
  • Sociology, C. Wright, sociological imagination Sociological, shape social trends

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