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Who You Are Around Influences You 1 Who You Are Around Influences You Learning Enhancement Paper #1 221 H-01 Honors Introductory Sociology Spring 2016 Professor: Dr. T Hines, Chandon L. L#006012240002 Date: February 8, 2016
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Who You Are Around Influences You 2 Social Marginality is all around us whether we realize it or not. Typically individuals just accept these as normal until the situation becomes out of hand. Ultimately the people of the society have control over the society, but sometimes the society can get the best of the social puppets. Whether the economy is crashing down, a war is occurring in some far off country, or a small business is on the verge of extinction, situations are always happening around. The job of citizens and society in general is to keep track of these situations and handle them to the best that they can. We should ask questions, we should be curious, and we should do our own studies and research to ensure that we have proper and correct information. This is not always easy judging that we are all creatures of habit, wanting a stable society versus a dynamic society. We, as people and members of the society, get upset and frustrated when the society is in more of a dynamic state which is unpredictable and “things change as we should expect” (Class note, Spring 2016). Next comes the Sociological Imagination. According to our textbook by John Macionis, C. Wright Mills was able to see the power of life in a more unpredictable way. His approach was continually seeing society as the main cause of anything other than the social norm instead of the “people’s personal failings”(9). He also implies that the population in general and the sociological imagination hold the key to unity and ultimately change to personal and public issues. Mills proposes that “what they need…is a quality of mind that will help them [see] what is going on in the world and… what may be happening within themselves. It is this quality… [that] may be called the sociological imagination” (9). Throughout looking at the sociological imagination, one cannot overlook the importance of the sociological perspective in understanding the concept. As defined by our required textbook, the sociological perspective is “sociology’s special point of view that sees general patterns of society in the lives of particular people” (4) so that basically translates to understanding the general overview and relating it to
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Who You Are Around Influences You 3 individuals in a more macro way. Understanding how society shapes us is important to preventing certain events from happening as well as allowing other events to occur in the pattern that we should expect (or having stability). As I mentioned earlier, social marginality and its effects on the individuals occur daily.
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