Sociological Imagination By C. Wright Mills

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Sociological imagination according to C. Wright Mills (1959) “enables its possessor to understand the larger historical scene in terms of its meaning for the inner life and the external career of a variety of individuals” (p.5) Mills in this book of The Sociological Imagination explains how society shapes the people. Mills wants people to be able to use sociological imagination to see things in a sociology point of view, so they can know the difference between personal troubles versus personal issues. Personal troubles and public issues help understand the historical and social structures. Personal troubles are within the person’s private life in which the person may feel threatened to share with others (p.8). Personal issues affect everyone because its consider being a “public matter” it affects not only the person but society.
C. Mills Wright considers personal troubles a private matter because of how the individual cherishes their values and they feel that they can be threatened. Two personal troubles that I have are stress and family problems. When it comes to stress its more about freaking out about every little thing. For example, school plays a big factor in my personal troubles, that I call stress for the reason that I personally feel like I don’t study enough or I over think it. Days prior to test I stress out since I know what to expect, which is to freak out and over think what I’ve studied. Some may feel that stress is easy to get over, but at times it has more
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