Sociological Imagination Essay

1622 Words Apr 2nd, 2015 7 Pages
Sociological Imagination
Nicole Badders
Galen College of Nursing
Professor Sanjay

Sociological Imagination Social Imagination is defined as the ability to connect the most basic, intimate aspects of an individual’s life to seemingly impersonal and remote historical forces (Conley, 2012, 5). C.Wright Mills’s theory was thought to help us connect what happens to us on a personal level to what is happening to society as a greater whole. This concept can be seen as a way to also help us realize we are not alone in our struggles and decisions. I will be using this concept and applying it to a situation that I went through almost twelve years ago, when I married my husband just two weeks after I graduated high school.
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I in turn started to break most of my “religious” rules that I had grown up with, but being a sixteen year old girl, I didn’t care. We got engaged the summer before I started my senior year. Everyone was shocked and some were upset. My parents didn’t understand why I wanted to get married so young. I was at a point in my life where I wanted out of my house. We planned to get married on June 30th, 2001, which would be two weeks after my high school graduation. During my senior year of high school I spent a lot of time defending my decision to get married and most people did not understand it. When the day came to marry Brian, I was excited but sad at the same time. I knew that even as we sad our vows and walked out at a Mr. and Mrs. that there were people, including family that were literarily talking bets as to how long we would last. Everything was against us. My father-in-law even told us on our wedding day, “Get ready to live in poverty.” We started our marriage off with the odds against us. Brian was the only one with a job, we married because of our religious beliefs that you shouldn’t live together unless you were married, our family dynamic was changing and we were about to be living in a different social class then we were both used to. These things were all against us. But, at nineteen and eighteen there wasn’t much anyone could say that would have changed our minds.
Sociological Imagination We both grew up in upper…