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IV. A Sociological Imagination: Personal Troubles and Public Issues The sociological imagination refers to the ability to grasp the relationship between our lives as individuals and the large social forces that help shape them . Human behavior must be understood in a broader social context. Americans have a long cultural- heritage which encourages self-reliance and independence. Perhaps as a result of our culture we tend resort to "blaming the victim" to explain problems such as unemployment and inequality. Despite our "heritage of self-reliance" Americans are also bound by social structure and history. Daily common sense might suggest that one who is poor should consider getting a job. It might also argue in favor of "pulling one's self up by their bootstraps." Perhaps, as is often the case, the solutions to problems experienced by individuals do not have simple solutions. According to Marx (1978:595): Men make their own history, but they do not make it just as they please; they do not
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This note was uploaded on 11/09/2011 for the course SCIE SYG2000 taught by Professor Bernhardt during the Fall '10 term at Broward College.

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