Sociological Theories

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Lacy V. Wood ------------------------------------------------- SOC. 480, Sociological Theories Spring 2011 Lacy V. Wood ------------------------------------------------- SOC. 480, Sociological Theories Spring 2011 Taking It Big Charles Wright Mills is most commonly known for his theory of the sociological imagination. Through both the acknowledgement of biography and history within the context of sociology, his analysis was able to determine an interesting perspective that tied religion, the end of history, and sociology without society into our cultural context today. Mills was able to shift his focus to examine how people influence others based on external social forces that shape personal experiences. Mill’s definition of the…show more content…
For Mills, religion had lost its sacred substance and its ability to inspire current members. As an outcome of this, Mills offered the “immanent critique,” which is the involvement of a group’s own principles against them, and the inspiration for them to have their own individualized ideas. “Immanent critique…entails using a group’s own principles against them and encouraging them to live up to their own cherished ideals…” (Dandaneau, 159). In conclusion, through the sociological imagination, Mill’s is able to determine the structure, history, and the society that prevails within a religious union. The meaning of religion within a communal setting is bound by social experiences. Despite Mill’s views that the world is dystopian and dying, he summarizes the sociological imagination is evidently an insufficient form of comfort; and that these devout experiences create a critical aspect in religious self-development through both an individual and a community perspective. “…Religions status and meaning for today’s world…is a subject that requires the sociological imagination because the sociological imagination is located at the crossroads of social structure, history, and biography.” (Dandaneau, 156). In Steven P. Dandaneau’s account in chapter nine, The End of History, he analyzes an outlook presented to emphasize that our history is simply the reality in which we live in. This present reality
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