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The Sociological  Imagination Lecture 2
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Technical Definition :   Sociology is the study of  human society. In reality,  Sociologists study everything.   It’s difficult to define Sociology by  what  we study.   Sociology’s unique feature is  how  we study  society. What is Sociology?
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Sociology is a way of  seeing aspects of our lives  that we so completely take  for granted, we don’t notice  them at all. What is Sociology?
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Why are things the way  they are? How did they get to be like  this? Could things be arranged  differently? What is Sociology?
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What is Sociology? Sociology can also be  used to challenge the  validity of widely held  (but incorrect) beliefs  and assumptions about  the social world. E.g., The United States is a  meritocracy, in which any  individual can rise to the top  as long as he or she works  hard enough.
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Sociological Imagination sociological imagination  is the ability to see the  connections between personal experiences and larger  forces in history. the intersection of biography and history
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Sociological Imagination A sociological imagination allows us to see the  ways in which individual behavior and choices  are shaped by cultural, historical, political, and  economic forces.
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Sociological Imagination What we experience as  individuals Private matters between  ourselves and those  immediately around us Public matters that  transcend our local  environments and have  to do with larger aspects  of social life Personal Troubles Public Issues
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Note that the line between  private troubles and public  issues is a contested one. E,g., It took concerted 
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This note was uploaded on 02/13/2012 for the course SOC 100 taught by Professor Chen during the Winter '08 term at University of Michigan.

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