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Sarah Drumm Contemporary Sociological Theories Thursday, November 08, 2007 Memo 9 Sociological Imagination is the ability to understand one’s own troubles as “intersections of biography and history within society.” Using our sociological imagination leads us to understand our personal troubles as interrelated to the larger societal issues and social structure. Thus if I fail algebra it may not simply be symptomatic of a lack of intelligence on my part but rather a broader failure of the education system in America. The author Betty Friedman discussed the personal troubles of individual housewives searching for something more than what is offered to them, and connects this to the broader public issue of women as a whole wanting and needing something more than to be housewives. She does this using Mill’s sociological imagination to relate the personal troubles of individual housewives to the public issue of the need for feminism as a whole.
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