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Introduction to SociologyYou May Ask Yourself (5th edition)Dalton ConleyPurdue UniversityChapter 1: The Sociological ImaginationSociology: The study of human societyThe Sociological Imagination: the ability to see the connections between our personal experiences and the larger forces of history1959, C. Wright Mills“An individual can understand his own experiences and gauge his own fate only by locating himself within his period, that he can know his own chances in life only by becoming aware of those of all individuals in his circumstances.”Gives an opportunity to see one person’s experiences as a replication of another’s because we live lives so similar to function together as a whole society, so that we don’t differ too muchQuestioning “natural actions”College is considered a natural and highly expected course of action, but do the benefits outweigh the costs? Is it really worth putting yourself in debt so early on to make more money as an adult? Why have we created a stigma and expectation around going to college?Social Institution: a complex group of interdependent positions that perform a social role and reproduce themselves over timeSocial relations are tied through stories of individuals to create a more cohesive society and institutionEX. education, legal system, religion, labor market, languageAuguste Comte and the Creation of SociologyPositivism: the research that arose out of need to make moral sense of the socialorder in a time of declining religious authority

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