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Sociological Imagination: Reading It is an awareness between who we are and how social forces shape our lives. Sociological imagination is a connection between personal troubles and social issues. Men usually get frustrated when they are facing some kind of failure in life, and cannot overcome them. Therefore they feel everything is against them. Sociological imagination takes into account how individuals in the welter of their daily experience, often become falsely conscious of their social position. Each of us lives in a very small orbit , and our worldview is limited by the social situations we encounter on a daily basis situations. The average person doesn’t really understand his or her personal problems as port of any kind of larger framework. We are often inclined to view things as personal troubles or challenges E.g., getting into college, pursuing a career, or finding a job This view is reinforced by our predominant political ideology of individualism But many things we see as personal troubles can be affected by, even caused by, large-scale social phenomena E.g., while failing to get a job strikes you as a personal trouble, the cause probably lies in a glut of similarly talented people with similar skills on the job market Cf. Astronomy Furthermore, that glut is a problem that affects us collectively—it is a public issue, or social problem Job loss à Depression? Growing personal debt? Financial burdens on older parents? Multi- generational households? Or: Being a dropout is your ‘problem;’ but a 2009 study estimates the collective cost to the nation of each high school dropout over his/her working life is $292,000 Personally, you adjust to social forces; but others do as well, perhaps the same way you are adjusting! [Thomas Schelling’s tipping-boat example] For instance: Imagine there is a girl who wishes to look thin and fair, but somehow, she cannot achieve this look. Now, this girl goes into a chronic depression and suffers from an inferiority complex. To be thin, she becomes anorexic and experiences severe health problems. Now, if we see this case in isolation, we will think that it's her personal problem, and she is spoiling her life on her own. But if we apply sociological imagination, we would realize that it's the obsession of society in general for the fair skin and thin body that has indirectly affected this girl. It is the media that represents society, portrays beautiful, and desirable girls as thin and fair. This kind of representation affects many people directly or indirectly as it happened in case of this particular girl. If only few girls suffered from anorexia in society, then we could have called it an individual or personal problem. But when many girls suffer from a similar problem, then it becomes a social issue where stereotypical attitude towards women and social media needs to be scrutinized.
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Thresholds of Violence: In the Southern of Minnesota there was a boy with suspicious walking. A women called the police to figure out what was going on with that guy. The police came and went to the boy's location (Unit 129
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