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Week # 2 the sociological imagination


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This is second Lecture in which Students will be introduced why to imagine sociologically and what C.Wright Mills has described about Sociological Imagination along with this contribution of the earlier sociologists in this regard will also be discussed

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Week # 2 the sociological imagination

  1. 1. The Sociological Imagination The sociological imagination is the ability to situate personal troubles within an informed framework of larger social processes.
  2. 2. Early Sociological Theorists Early sociological theorists, like Marx , Weber, and Durkheim, were concerned with the phenomena they believed to be driving social change in their time. Naturally, in pursuing answers to these large questions, they received intellectual stimulation.
  3. 3. C. Wright Mills (a prominent mid-20th century American sociologist) would later call the sociological imagination: the ability to situate personal troubles and life trajectories within an informed framework of larger social processes. The term sociological imagination describes the type of insight offered by the discipline of sociology. While scholars have quarreled over interpretations of the phrase, it is also sometimes used to emphasize sociology's relevance in daily life. C. Wright Mills
  4. 4. "What people need... is a quality of mind that will help them to use information and to develop reason in order to achieve lucid summations of what is going on in the world and of what may be happening within themselves. The sociological imagination enables its possessor to understand the larger historical scene in terms of its meaning for the inner life and the external career of a variety of individuals."
  5. 5. " Mills believed in the power of the sociological imagination to connect "personal troubles to public issues."
  6. 6. Another way of defining the sociological imagination is understanding that the social outcomes are shaped by social context, actors, and actions.