The Sociological Imagination, By C. Wright Mills

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The Sociological Imagination is an idea that was brought up in a paper written by a sociologist, C. Wright Mills. The paper states that this particular ‘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” (Mills 5). This means that all people are able to see themselves in not only their own present life but in the “bigger picture” or the history of the area in which they are inhabiting; each person is able to compare the present day conditions and the historical ones to notice similarities and to see how the area and the people have changed and how the past could have and did have an effect on the present conditions. One very relevant point that has to do with seeing yourself in a bigger picture has to do with stepping away from the “banking education” that Feire talks about in his article. Higher education such as college or a university doesn’t follow this method of teaching quite as much as high school does, the students step away from being fed information and they are more able to see their own standing in society. The Sociological Imagination is an important concept because it allows people to see themselves not only in their own life but to also see how the world they are raised in has impacted their biggest life decisions. Each individual in the class has their own story about what path brought him or her here to Binghamton University.
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