I Am Applying Intersectionality And The Sociological Imagination
1080 WordsMay 8, 20175 Pages
I am applying intersectionality and the sociological imagination to my intersecting identities: class, gender, and ethnicity. By employing intersectionality and the sociological imagination, I am analyzing how my positionality affected my personal experiences while connecting those events with society. I also included five peer-reviewed articles as supporting evidence.
Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw is an African American scholar, civil rights advocate, and law professor who developed the term intersectionality (Merriam-Webster 2017; Wikipedia 2017). Intersectionality is a theory that examines the intersecting point in which oppressive institutions (like racism, sexism, and classism) and one’ social categorization (such as race, gender, and…show more content…
However, intersectionality gained prominence later (the 1980s and 90s) through African American feminist scholars, Crenshaw and Patricia Hill Collins, who criticized white feminists who failed to see that their skin color provided them with advantages that are not often offered to black feminists (Norris; Murphy-Erby; Zajiceck 2007). In time, intersectionality transitioned from an individual group’s experience (black women’s identity/ discrimination) to a larger framework.
C. Wright Mills was an American sociologist who created the model of the sociological imagination. The Sociological imagination is a sociological outlook that links one’s experiences with societal occurrences. The Model consists of two components: “personal troubles” and “social issues,” as Mills puts it in “The Promise” an excerpt from his book The Sociological Imagination (1959,1; 1959, 3). “Personal troubles” is a micro experience which occurs at an individual level, in relation to others, and within the limits of a social setting (Mills 1959, 5). While “social issues,” is a macro involvement that surpasses an individual status and focuses on social structures and social/historical life (Mills 1959, 5; Cammer-Bechtold 2017). By connecting the two components, one realizes that broader social, historical conditions influence personal matters. To explain the sociological imagination, Mills used unemployment as an example