The Sociological Imagination, By C. Wright Mills

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The sociological imagination is theorised by C. Wright Mills explaining how two abstract concepts of social reality are different. Initially, Mills defines the sociological imagination as “the vivid awareness of the relationship between experience and the wider society.” It is the ability to see things socially and how they interact and influence each other. (Crossman, n.d.). The sociological imagination uses four interdependent factors to help sociologists view things from an alternative aspect: Historical, cultural, structural and critical. And using these factors sociologists are able to evolve a completely objective argument about gender identity inequalities in Australia. Fifty years ago, nobody could ever have imagined how widely accepted transgender individuals would be in modern times. Countries all around the world had only ever known about the social distinction between men and women, which is known as ‘masculinity vs. Femininity’. However, now it is much more complex than that; as transgender and gender confused individuals are more widely accepted, it has become more of a case of sex vs. gender. “Sex is the biologically based distinction between men and women centring on sexual organs, while gender is the social and cultural rendering of masculinity and femininity.” (Oakley, 1972) And even though transgenders are accepted into society they still face inequalities such as not being accepted into a particular community, ostracised by families and friends,
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