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 Mertons 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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This note was uploaded on 04/01/2008 for the course SOC 2004 taught by Professor Graves during the Spring '08 term at Virginia Tech.

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