Sociological Imagination And Social Imagination

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As cliché as it sounds, Dr. Seuss was right. “There is no one alive that is youer than you.” From a sociological persepective, this is also “truer than true”. As individuals we are cultured and moleded by our society from the moment we are born. Every society, although there may be similiarities, will also have many differences due to the influence of its history and individuals. The history and individuals, are also in turn, influenced by its society. That is why it is important in the furthering of understanding a society, to observe it through the eyes of an outsider. Sociological imagination as defined by C. Wright Mills is the ability to view how a society 's "unique historical circumstances" influence the people and…show more content…
My parents are from the Philippines and are foreign contract workers in Saipan and have lived there for more than 25 years. I am an only child. We were not the richest family but I feel like I was spoiled as a child. I was spoiled not in the sense of material objects but with love, attention, etc. In 2013, my father was diagnosed with cancer and underwent treatment in the Philippines. My parents did not have any health insurance as my mother was the only breadwinner of the family and her job paid just above the minimum wage, which was $5.05, and her job had no benefits. His absence was very hard for me but knowing that he was undergoing treatment made me accept it better. In August, 2015, Typhoon Soudelor (world’s strongest) hit Saipan. Houses, electric poles, buildings, and trees were damaged. There was no electricity, water, cable TV, and internet for several months. My mother and I had to line up in long lines for gas, ready to eat meals, and water. Our garage roof was damaged and our house was flooded. Then, my father was hospitalized. He passed away a month later, three days before my senior year of high school. The typhoon and the death of my father devastated me but I managed to stay strong and continued on with my schooling and activities. I am still grieving but I try to focus on the work at hand and not let my emotions deter me from accomplishing my
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