The concept of sociological imaginations allows us to get out of one's own judgment zone with

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The concept of sociological imaginations allows us to get out of one's own judgment zone with regards to how we think about social problems. C. Wright Mills argument is that we should develop a method or a way of looking at things in the society from the point of view of the person experiencing the sociological phenomenon. In essence, we cannot look at things from one's own moral point of view; we need to look at things from the point of view of the person experiencing it. Mills believes that cannot understand themselves as individuals; also they cannot understand their role and their perspectives as individuals in the society. We need to know the structure of the society, where one's current society stand in the development of human…show more content…
One needs to know about the structure of the society, where does one's modern society stand in the evolution of human history, and what variety of men and women prevail in one's society. Mills work addresses the social problems we as individuals face in contemporary American society. He argued that perhaps the most helpful distinction with which the sociological imagination works is between personal troubles and public issues. For him, troubles have to do with an individual’s character and with those limited areas of social life of which he is directly and personally aware. To describe those troubles, he argues that we must attend the person biography and the scope of their immediate “milieu” what he describes as ‘the social setting that is directly open to his personal experience and to some extent his willful activity. Mills makes a difference between personal trouble and public issues. Personal trouble, the statement and resolution of troubles properly lie within the person, and it is milieu. Issues involve the society as a whole. It transcends any individual or milieu, and it has to do with the institution of the society as a whole. Mills offered examples; a classic example is that of unemployment. If the unemployment is one or two percent, and he or she find herself unemployed, that is a personal trouble. If unemployment reaches eight, or twenty percent as it did in the great depression, which becomes a public issue. Mismanagement of one's society
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