1 Using the Sociological Imagination to Understand Economic Inequality in

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1 Using the Sociological Imagination to Understand Economic Inequality in Australia Today, economic inequality in Australian society has become an issue that can no longer 2
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be ignored. High levels of unemployment (and underemployment), increasing levels of homelessness and a public awareness of the disparity between the rich and the poor is increasingly evident all around us. For many Australians, homeownership, secure employment and the idea of a “fair go” seem like redundant 3
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aspirations of a bygone era. This essay will examine how the sociological imagination —a perceptual tool which allows us to objectively see how history and society shape the lives of individuals (Mills 1978, p. 14)—can help us to understand how economic inequality affects education, the 4
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labour market and housing affordability 1 Using the Sociological Imagination to Understand Economic Inequality in Australia Today, economic inequality in Australian society has become an issue that can no longer be ignored. High levels of unemployment (and 5
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underemployment), increasing levels of homelessness and a public awareness of the disparity between the rich and the poor is increasingly evident all around us. For many Australians,
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