What Is A Theoretical Exegesis?

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What is a theoretical exegesis? It is when someone tries to use an idea to give a critical explanation of a phenomena. Sociologists use this approval in order to understand the social environment around us. C. Wright Mills, in The Sociological Imagination (1959) and Karl Marx, in Alienated Labour use theory to understand the nature of society in two different points of view. Although Mills perspective does differ from Marx, it can be used to better understand Marx’s ideas.
Mills writes: “Perhaps the most fruitful distinction with which the sociological imagination works is between ‘the personal troubles of milieu’ and the ‘public issues of social structure’ (Mills 1959: 8).” For Mills the sociological imagination is the way sociology tries to bring history and biography together in order to understand society better. This can become difficult to do, because people cannot just only use individual problem with their environment nor can they use, the way a society is built to explain a problem. For instance, if the unemployment rate is below threshold and if a person find himself in the unemployment line, they may want to self-analyze. Indeed this can be seen as a personal problem, it is something a about the individual that causes them to lose their job. If that is the case this the individual could look at their action and figure out what line of work they would fit their interest. However, if unemployment rises above the threshold level, then it no longer becomes a personal…
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