The Sociological Imagination Of Our Everyday Lives

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In order to make sense of the purpose of our everyday lives and our place in society, humans participate in a concept called the sociological imagination. This concept enables a person 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, The Sociological Imagination). When applying the sociological imagination to my own experiences, I am able to locate myself society, particularly the larger structures of Education. By doing, so I am able to find purpose in the education system despite its pitfalls. In order to make sense of what we are doing in our lives as individuals we must examine the history and institutions of society at large. This is what the sociological imagination does; it helps us define our purpose in society. For example, the education system today is “suffering from narration sickness”(Friere 71) meaning that students passively listen while the teachers narrate content. It is obvious to anyone that has gone through the formal education that there seems to be no real purpose to what we do in schools. There is less learning taking place, but rather depositing. The students are empty vesicles to which the teacher deposits information for the student to receive, memorize and repeat. Paulo Freire calls this type of learning the “banking” concept of education in his book “Pedagogy of the Oppressed”. In this banking system, oppression is a main characteristic of the
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