B. Wright Mills 's The Promise, About Marriage Essay

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1. C. Wright Mills describes someone that posses a sociological imagination 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”. In addition, Mills later writes that, “The sociological imagination enables us to grasp history and biography and the relationships between the two in society”. Mills provides an example in his excerpt, “The Promise”, about marriage. He explains that marriage; something that is said to be a very intimate promise between two people can actually be a structural issue in society. This idea is supported with divorce rates extremely high.

Schwable also discusses how thinking sociologically involves seeing connections between things in society. Being sociologically mindful, as Schwable describes it, is important because it helps us to see how our actions can cause and be consequences of what happens elsewhere. Schwable gives the example of a couple’s income and the act of hiring a maid. Not everyone is able to afford hiring a maid, only those who have high incomes, so there can be a connection between the lack of job opportunities and the availability of maids. Both, C. Wright Mills and Schwable describe the importance of possessing a sociological imagination and being sociological mindful as essential in order to…

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