Introduction - The Sociological Imagination (OL)

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Introduction The Sociological Imagination
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Humans as Social Beings The dominant understanding of human  nature is psychological Many observers of human behavior have  argued that a more social conception is  more fruitful
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Developing a Sociological  Consciousness Sociology  is the scientific study of social  interactions and social organization.
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The Sociological Perspective “The Sociological perspective allows us to  look beyond what we take for granted  about our social lives and examine them in  fresh and creative ways.”
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New Levels of Reality Looking beyond outward appearances  reveals new levels of social reality Understanding a paradigm of social reality
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Unformatted text preview: The Sociological Perspective • The sociological imagination is the ability to see private experiences, personal difficulties, and achievements as, in part, a reflection of the structural arrangements of society and the times in which we live. – Sociologist C. Wright Mills (1959) • The added difficulty of the reflexive The Sociological Perspective • Microsociology • Macrosociology • Merton’s mesosociology The Development of Sociology • Why did sociology develop when it did? What made a focus on the social so relevant then rather than earlier?...
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