Analysis Of The Sociological Imagination By Mills

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Mills’ presentation of sociology, through his argument for the “sociological imagination” differs from the more calculated and definite description of the field provided by Berger. Mills focuses on how beneficial the sociological lens can be for everyone seeking to better understand his or her positions and relationships within the world. The sociological imagination has a place in discussions of biography, history, and their intersections, and Mills would argue that without the sociological imagination discussions of these topics would be incomplete. By utilizing the sociological imagination, humans are better equipped to recognize societal problems that may have otherwise been considered personal issues. Mills’ sees the sociological imagination as the “most needed quality of mind” because it breaks through the uneasiness and apathy currently plaguing society and seeks to understand the elements that compose and contribute to this indifference. For this…show more content…
Berger, on the other hand, would see Mills’ presentation of sociological imagination as overstep of the sociologist’s role. Berger speaks of the sociologist as an examiner and interpreter. The information a sociologist uncovers can be used by others to solve problems, but it is not the responsibility of the sociologist to be a solution seeker. Just like a good spy, Berger would argue a good sociologist only reports his or her findings, leaving others to put the discovered information toward a specific goal. Berger has found many have misinterpreted the role of a sociologist. Sometimes, sociologists are mistaken as social workers and social reformers. And although sociology is commonly incorporated into social work and sometimes its findings are the impetus for social reform, considering sociology exclusively within the realm of social work and social reform puts too narrow (and
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