Allison KempProfessor Damien WilliamsSOC- 2010January 15, 2018Reading Guide #21.According to Mills, the sociological imagination enables its possessor to understand the larger historical scene in terms of its meaning for the inner life andthe external career of a variety of individuals. It seems that Mills is more focused on understanding the experiences of people in society based on more negative andtroublesome events. In some ways it relates to Schwalbe’s ‘sociological mindfulness’, and in some ways it doesn’t. The obvious similarity between the two works is that they both explore how society affects individuals. The difference is that Schwalbe’s ‘sociological mindfulness’ seemed to be based on how society affects an individual’s development, while Mills’ ‘The Promise’ focuses more on how the negative situations affect individuals.2.What Mills means is that their responsibilities and their class bound the people.