Essay on The Sociological Imagination

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My personal condensed definition of “the sociological imagination” is that it is the idea one should be aware of the societal structures around themselves, and how those structures can influence a person and vice-versa. In addition, I think that having a “sociological imagination” also involves a deep appreciation for the importance of society and culture. Consequently, for a person that has completed a basic introduction to sociology college course and actually paid attention, I would hope that they have been exposed to some basic taste of the sociological imagination.
Over the past three and a half years as a student of Sociology at State University, I believe my own sociological imagination has grown exponentially, and I have been
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In regards to what Mills originally thought about this concept, he wrote 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. It enables him to take into account how individuals, in the welter of their daily experience, often become falsely conscious of their social positions” (Mills 1959:5). In many ways, Mills’ own definition of this concept is focused on shifting a person’s viewpoint of the world from a singular and individualistic ideal to a viewpoint that looks more about the societal and historical view of the world, especially within the context of a person’s current placement in social history.
However, as I mentioned earlier, other sociologists have also formulated the same general concept that Mills touched upon in his “sociological imagination.” An example is the work of Peter Berger and his idea about having a “sociological perspective.” Specifically, one of Berger’s key elements of his sociological perspective as having involves “a process of ‘seeing through’ the facades of social structures….” (Berger 1963:29). In addition, Berger believes that being sociologically aware allows a sense of “consciousness” that Berger argues is a pre-requisite to true “freedom”; thus, he always thought of “sociology as a form of
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