How Is Sociological Imagination Useful

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Sociological imagination is not a theory, but an outlook of society which tries to maneuver us into thinking away from one's usual everyday life and look at one's life anew. The sociological imagination is the ability to discern the relationship between large-scale social forces and the actions of individuals. Sociological imagination was created by American Sociologist C. Wright Mills in 1959 to describe the type of insight offered by the discipline of sociology. According to Mills, “Neither the life of an individual nor the history of a society can be understood without understanding both” (Mills,1). Mills believes that the sociological imagination is useful because it makes people more aware of the relationship between personal experience and the wider society.
Sociological imagination is still a useful tool for the 21st century. I believe that it will always be a relevant tool to use. It is a way of understanding people and looking beyond one’s own everyday life as a
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Field research is more observant than any other type of research. “Ethnography, as we defined it when we edited the Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, includes observing social activities as an outsider” (Adler, 1). Field research allows researchers to gain firsthand experience and knowledge about the people, events, and processes that they study. This can help researchers to obtain very detailed data about people and processes, perhaps more detailed than they can obtain using any other method. The disadvantages of field research include field work taking a lot of time and, like any other type of research, can be biased. The field researcher may only see what they want to see. They may only see certain things and not what happens in the background, the people may act differently when a researcher is
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