Lecture 1 - SociologicalImaginationand...

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04/28/10 1 Sociological Imagination and  Theoretical Perspectives • Sociology as an intellectual discipline offers a  distinctive way of looking at the world:  a  perspective that is often referred to as the  sociological imagination   • We need to look at the ways in which  sociologists go about applying this  "sociological imagination,"  that is to say, we  need to  look at the nature of sociological  explanations  
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04/28/10 2 I. The Sociological Imagination the phrase "sociological imagination" comes from the American  sociologist: C. Wright Mills Mills is widely quoted in introductory textbooks because he captured the  essence of sociology well when he talked about the "sociological  imagination" as  the ability to understand the connections between  personal troubles  and public issues :    and this is a good way of  introducing the idea that they are larger social forces that affect our lives What sociologists emphasize is that "personal" problems are often "public"  problems in the sense that  we can trace personal problems back as it  were to certain “structural” characteristics of societies or to certain  features of the institutions within a society 1.  Example of classroom structure   and grades 2.  Unemployment  
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04/28/10 3 II. Sociological Explanations A.  Sometimes the investigation of sociological questions produces  unexpected results--sometimes refuting "common sense" or myths  that are widely believed   B.  Sometimes sociological research uncovers relationships between 
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Lecture 1 - SociologicalImaginationand...

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