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The Sociological Imagination Essay: Applying the Sociological Imagination to Personal IssuesNicholas TrilloThe Sociological Imagination EssayProfessor White-MagellanAugust 31, 2017The Sociological Imagination is a statement derived by C. Wright Mills to describe the bridge between our own personal adventures as individuals and the
1history of society as a whole. He proposes that as sociologists it is not enough to simply take the perspective of an individual’s milieu on a micro level because essentially you are missing the forest due to an infatuation with a single tree. There are many elements that lead to the patterns and outcomes in society, Mills is imploring us to search for the link between the minute details and how they weave into the overall fabric of existence on a macro scale. It brings to mind the inner-workings of a clock and how the small cogs are geared to move only due tothe motion of their larger counterparts. One is directly affected by the other, most times unknowingly, due to the infinite pieces that make up it’s entirety.Sociology by nature asks for you to be put in a very unnatural state. To step away from what you know to be valid and true due to your own personal experiences within the only world you know. I believe that Mills recognized this idea and only came to the conclusion he did by taking a step back from his own reality to grasp the bigger picture of the world at large. In order for an individual or a society to trace the root of an underlying issue, one must trace the root of the other and vice versa. This will allow you to have a broader understanding of where and how fundamental beliefs, ideas, stigmas, ideologies, etc. have come into existence. “To be aware of the idea of social structure and to use it with sensibility is to be capable of tracing such linkages among a great variety of milieux. To be able to do that is to possess the sociological imagination” (Mills 1959: pg 5). Mills made it very clear in his closing that a certain awareness must be harnessed and utilized with regard to taking apart social structures. Like any
2other structure it is difficult to discern the whole by looking at an individual part just as it is impossible to perceive the significance of same said part regarding the whole.I have noticed through personal experience as well as watching from a national level, the effects of the heroin epidemic that has been sweeping our country and killing our youth. What often times starts as a moment of peer pressure, a need to escape, or even a doctor’s suggestion to an individual has radically evolved into what is quickly becoming the number one cause of drug-related deaths in the United States. “As heroin use has increased, so have heroin-related overdose deaths. Between 2002 and 2013, the rate of heroin-

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