Personal Troubles & Social Issues- C.W.Mills

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Before a distinction can be made between ‘Personal troubles' and ‘Social issues' it is important to determine exactly what the Sociological Imagination is. The Sociological Imagination was introduced by C. Wright Mills in 1959. Sociological imagination refers to the relationship between individual troubles and the large social forces that are the driving forces behind them. The intent of the sociological imagination is to see the bigger picture within which individuals live their lives; to recognize personal troubles and social issues as two aspects of a single process. Sociological imagination helps the individual to understand the society in which they live in by moving the individual away from reality and looking beyond the…show more content…
An individual who is divorced shows a higher fluctuation of suicide as oppose to an individual who is containing a happy marriage. For example, when a couple with children are divorced, the wife may have a restraining order on the husband to keep away from their children. Along with all the personal troubles rose from the breaking up of the marriage, the fact that a father may not be allowed to see his children give him that extra sense of low integration, forming a weak collective conscience leading the father to commit suicide. The concept of personal problems in itself leads a person to commit this form of suicide. Altruistic Suicide is the type of suicide that occurs when integration is too great; the collective consciousness too strong, and the individual is forced into committing suicide. Integration may not be the direct cause of suicide here, but the social currents that go along with this very high degree of integration can lead to this. When people saw themselves as worthless or a burden upon society they would therefore commit this form of suicide. An example of this is the Sati procedure performed with the Hindu Faith. Sati is a Hindu funeral custom, whereby a dead mans widow immolates herself (sets her self on fire and throws herself) on her husbands funeral pyre. Mills would argue this concept on

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