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Final Review Sheet - The Social Imagination (C. Wright...

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The Social Imagination (C. Wright Mills) o Idea of recognizing how I’m me and I exist in society and I exist in history. o It’s the individual and the rest of society. We go together o Mass unemployment is a public issue and within the unemployment has individual issues. o Cant run away from controversy o Current problems and issues o Personal troubles vs. public issues o Qualitative Research interviews, case studies, participant observation (personal understanding) o Quantative Research statistics, newspaper articles, convincing, not in depth Reading- “The Promise” - C. Wright Mills o You cannot understand the life of an individual or the history of society without understanding both o People do not see the connection that exists between the patterns in their lives and the course of history o Sociological imagination allows us to grasp history and biography and the relations between the two within history. That is both its task and its promise. This is the purpose of classical social analysis. o Troubles occur within the character of the individual and within the range of his immediate relations with others. It has to do with his self and with those areas of social life in which he is directly and personally aware. o Supposed to help man understand that what is happening to themselves is a result of intersections of history and biography within their society Reading:“ Systems of Power and Inequality”-Margaret L. Anderson and Patricia Hill Collins o The area of race, class and gender studies struggles with the complex question of how to think about intersections of systems of oppression. o One solution, based on the assumption that gender, race and class are simultaneously experienced, is to consider them as "situated accomplishments;" they are not only individual attributes but "something which is accomplished in interaction with others" o People simultaneously "do" difference (i.e., gender, race and class) in the process of interacting with others and, through their "doings," contribute to the reproduction of those structures. o This postmodern, social constructionist analysis that reduces oppressive structures to "difference," leaves out "the power relations and material inequalities that constitute oppression. Social Constructionism o How society is structured every single thing a person does creates what we perceive the society to be o Society acts on the individual meanwhile the individual always acts on society
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o Social location different for everyone, and subjective when it comes to comparing individuals against one another o What we deem as a social problem is contingent on the fact that we define it as a social problem Intersectionality o Is a methodology of studying "the relationships among multiple dimensions and modalities of social relationships and subject formations o Examine how—various socially and culturally constructed categories such as gender , race , class , disability , and other axes of
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This note was uploaded on 02/27/2012 for the course SOCY 105 taught by Professor Mogadam during the Fall '05 term at Maryland.

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