What Are The Major Strengths Of Sociological Imagination

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The Sociological Imagination by C. Wright Mills is a way of examining human behavior in terms of the attributes of society that define them. It also identifies the mechanism of how people gain awareness of their social location. (Mills) The Sociological Imagination provides a framework for thinking about human behavior and troubles and how they are impacted by the issuesof a society as a whole. (Mills) Under this theory, “Neither the life of the individual nor the history of society can be understood without understanding both.” (Millls). This way of examining individual issues inside of the context of the greater sociological history allows one to examine how her personal issues fit into what is happening in society. (Lecture 2016) By taking…show more content…
For example, if I am struggling to become a combat marine, its helpful to know that women have never been allowed in combat until very recently; this understanding allows me to see this is less a personal issue than a societal one, and from there I can see that maybe I need to work on impacting the sociological issues rather than spend my energy on more push-ups. It may be easier to grasp than the psychological approach; sociology in general covers the “nurture” side of the ongoing “nature vs. nurture” debate. Another major strength of this approach is that it asserts that, through collective actions, individuals can change the structure of society. (Lecture 2016) This is important because sociology tends to forget to remind people that they too have the power to change society, instead listing all of the ways that society has pre-determined the course of their life. The outstanding point of The Sociological Imagination is that, when one becomes aware of how our personal troubles fit into the larger the structure of society, they will be able to find linkages on an individual level to a societal level, and from a societal level to an even broader historical level.…show more content…
By 1992, we were in the middle of the economic boon and my family really benefitted from the increase in real estate and the strong job market so we moved to a more affluent neighborhood. It seemed that everyone around me in my new neighborhood participated in sports and since I loved to ride, this was a perfect fit. I got started with “horse camp”, which is a result of the summer-camp culture of where I grew up; everyone was extremely active so participating in some type of sports camp was a must. I continued to evolve my sport under the positive image of a female athlete and equestrian as well as my passion for riding to become a show
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