Sociological Imagination Class Notes(1)

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Sociological Analysis of Social Problems Professor Joanna Kempner Sociological Imagination January 24, 2011
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tructure – Recurrent patterned arrangements which seem to influence or limit the choices and opportunities that individuals possess gency – The capacity of an individual to act independently and make their own free Structure vs Agency
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C. Wright Mills The Sociological Imagination
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C. Wright Mills 1916-1962 “What ordinary men are directly aware of and what they try to do are bounded by the private orbits in which they live… The facts of contemporary history are also facts about the successes and failures of individual men and women.”
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To see “what is happening in [ourselves] as minute points of the intersections of biography and history within society.”
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Emile Durkheim Published in 1897.
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Unformatted text preview: • Found that Protestants had higher suicide rates than Catholics • Catholics had a more “integrated” community structure, whereas Protestants had fostered an individual relationship with god Developing a sociological imagination • What is the structure of this particular society as a whole? • How has this problem changed over time? How is this problem different in other cultures? • Who benefits? Personal troubles vs Social issues (according to Mills)-Troubles occur at the level of the individual, they have to do with self. Troubles are a private matter-Issues transcend the individual, an issue is a public matter Ex. A traffic accident at an intersection becomes a community-lobbying effort to install a traffic light. Anecdote vs Evidence...
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