The Concept Of Sociological Imagination : Connecting History

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Claudia Rosado Professor Williams Sociology 3 October 2014 The Concept of Sociological Imagination: Connecting History to Biography C. Wright Mills believed that sociological imagination connects history and biography by means of cause and effect. Society and all things surrounding it have a particular interconnection when it comes to change. As a result, one major alteration to everyday society causes human relationships in history to adapt to change. History is altered by man, without human interaction and the exponential growth of historical events. Mills explains that “the sociological imagination 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” (2), this means viewing social relationships and the events that follow those relationships in a larger perspective. Embracing the reality of the cause and effect that occurs throughout history and how it has brought us to the society that we are today is to embrace a greater part of ourselves as individuals. History teaches us that it is human nature to evolve and to grow as a whole. We create history with our actions and the consequences of those actions are then documents as historical events to be remembered as the shaping of our society. Mills touches on the concept of men feeling trapped within their own personal lives; they are only in control of the close relationships they hold with their work, family or home.
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