Cotton Sociological Imagination

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The topic that will be discussed in this essay is called sociological imagination. The Sociological imagination is a theory which was invented by C. Wright Mills, in 1959. According to the American sociologist, the term sociological imaginations is “the vivid awareness of the relationship between experience and the wider society” (Mills, 1959). The sociological imagination is basically the ability to see how things interact and influence each other in society. It is the ability to think and view objects from alternative point of views. For example, copper is mined in Chile and is used to make one pound coins in the UK. It is also used to make copper wires in China, which is then transported to different part of the world. This has led to rise …show more content…
Cotton is one of the best-selling fabric material in the world. According, to archaeologists, cotton was found in the caves of Mexico. Although cotton was found in the caves of Mexico, its first cultivation can be traced back to India. After the introduction of cotton in Europe in the late 16 century, the clothing market exploded and cotton instantly became one of the most used fabric in Europe as it was very easy to handle and easy to transform it into cotton threads which then in turn was used to make clothes. Due to such a high surge in demand of cotton, the East India Company increased its exports from 15.6% to almost 43% in 1806. This was done to feed the textile hungry and rising middle class population of the United Kingdom and the Europe as cotton was seen as a luxury at that time. Although the corporations such as East India Company made huge profits off the back of cotton, they did not do it without any consequence. In this case, the consequences were that during the expansion of British Empire in India, cotton seed were introduced to almost all parts of India to produce cotton and one Kg of cotton can only make a single T-shirt and a pair of jeans, which means that almost 20,000 litre of water is wasted. Due to this a lot of the fresh water went into production of cotton, which left the villagers from the area where water is scarce, without water. Even though there were some negatives of growing cotton, but there are still some positive impacts that are felt across the globe. For example, the cotton industry employs huge amount of workforce in both first and third world countries, where jobs are not easy to find

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