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The Sociological Imagination January 20, 2012
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Stepping Outside of Yourself Challenging the common sense you take for granted “Because that’s the way it is”
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Putting Yourself in Someone Else’s Shoes I can imagine what it’s like to be an LSU student in this class without actually being one
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Seeing the General in the Particular I don’t know your particular life story, but since you are part of a group (LSU undergrads) there are certain general aspects about you I do know Not a stereotype Looking out for general patterns in social life There will always be exceptions, doesn’t mean the patterns are not important
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Seeing the Strange in the Familiar How has “society” affected you without you knowing it What things are out of our control??? Example: our names given at birth Other examples?
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C. Wright Mills, author of “The Sociological Imagination” “Turning private problems into public issues” Ex: I’m poor Ex: I have a college degree but can’t find a
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Unformatted text preview: Ex: I have a college degree but can’t find a job • What causes an increase in the poverty rate? C. Wright Mills • “The intersection of biography and history” • Example: 9-11-01 – Our individual lives can be profoundly affected by events that take place during our lifetime • Example: The Internet – No matter how smart you are, if you lived in a time before the Internet, you would have far less information to work with during your time in college We live in an individualistic society • All events take place in a larger social context – More than just the individual people involved • Social Context = “History” according to Mills • Countless other outside factors…we will study many of them in this course • Deeper understanding of “why people do the The Forest and the Trees: Allan Johnson Individuals Society We live in a globally connected world...
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