The Basics-Critical Thinking-Mills and S.I.

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Unformatted text preview: eople usually do not define these troubles in terms of historical change and institutional contradiction . . . It is simply that they do not It possess the quality of mind essential to grasp the interplay of man and society, of biography and history, of self and world.” and This is the quality of mind which enables its possessor to: a)Understand the larger historical a)Understand scene in terms of meaning for the inner life inner b)Take into account how individuals Take become falsely conscious of their social position social c)That within that framework a modern c)That society is sought and the psychologies of a variety of men and women are formulated women d)And that the personal uneasiness of And individuals is focused upon explicit troubles and the indifference of publics is transformed into involvement with public issues involvement What???? What???? The sociological imagination is a way of The looking at the world that can see connections between the apparently connections private problems of the individual and private important social issues. It argues for a important It humanist sociology connecting the social, social personal, and historical dimensions of our personal and historical lives. This approach should be ‘interpretive’ lives. or ‘hermeneutic’ and thus critical of, but or critical certainly not reject, abstracted empiricism abstracted and grand theory. and The Sociological Imagination assumes that… assumes That society is not fixed. That the That society That relations between individuals and ‘society’ are dynamic and changing. are The way society ‘appears’ depends of the The observer. Sociologists are a part of the observer Sociologists society that that study. society Thus a true sociologist is reflexive (?) Thus (?) To be reflexive the sociologist must seek to minimize their ‘biases’ seek The task of the sociologist is to bridge the gap between indi...
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