Example Of The Sociological Imagination

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“Neither life of an individual nor the history of a society can be understood without understanding both,” stated mid-20th century American sociologist C. Wright Mills. In order to understand both, one needs a quality of mind that will use information and develop reason to grasp what is going on in the world and what may be happening within oneself. This quality of mind, coined by Mills, is one that all great social analysts seem to possess: the sociological imagination (Ferris). Sociologists use this tool because it allows them to shift from one perspective to another, enabling them to step outside their own, personal, self-centered view of the world. They are forced to perceive, from an objective position, events and social structures that influence behavior, attitudes, and culture (Lumen). Employing the sociological imagination can help not only sociologists, but anyone gain a better understanding of an individual and the society in which one lives in.
A situation in which the sociological imagination can be applied to is sexual violence. One out of every six American women has been a victim of an attempted or completed rape in her lifetime. For example, a young girl is being sexually assaulted by her uncle on a regular basis. He threatens her that if she tells anyone, she would be in trouble. She decides to keep it in, afraid of what her uncle might do to her. This feeling of fear can lead changes in her behavior. As she remains silent, she might begin to feel ashamed
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