Assignment 1 Chapter 1 (The Expansion of Criminological Theory) 1.Compare and contrast the sociological (Mills) and criminological (Williams imaginations. Wright Mills defined the sociological imagination as "the vivid awareness of the relationship between personal experience and the wider society" s (Miethe, McCorkle, Listwan, 2006, p. 139. It enables us to "grasp history and biography and the relations between the two within society" (1959:6). He believed it is the job of all social scientists to connect individual problems with greater social issues in order to create changes that would solve the problems. Mills coined the term sociological imagination, which means awareness between one's self and the broader social world around them. Sociological Imagination is to place oneself outside of everyday routines and to be able to view one's actions or life from third party perspective. It allows one to make more self-aware decisions rather than be swayed by social norms or factors that may otherwise dictate actions. Having sociological imagination is critical for individual people and societies at large to understand. It is important that people are able to relate the situations in which they live their daily lives to the local, national, and global societal issues that affect them.