: Social imagination and the Social perspectives: Essay

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: Social imagination and the Social perspectives:

The concept “sociological imagination’ was introduced by C.Wright Mills in 1959 The sociological imagination is a concept of being able to think ourselves away from the familiar routines of our daily lives in order to look at them in a different & a more wider perspective.
Mills defined sociological imagination as “the vivid awareness of the relationship between experience and the wider society.”
To have a sociological imagination, a person must be able to pull away from the situation and think from an alternative point of view.
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Holistic/broad/general Approach

The Sociological perspective:

Sociology differs to other scientific practices in many ways for instance; when compared to Psychology, Sociology uses mainly a holistic approach while Psychology uses an individualistic approach.
Unlike economics it does not confine itself to one particular area of social life
Sociology is not a definitive science because it does not have one rule that applies to all aspects of its study. The sociological perspectives consist of : Functionalism, conflict theory, post modernism symbolic interactionism.
Symbolic interactionism: : society is thought to be socially constructed through human interpretation. People interpret one another’s behavior and it is these interpretations that form the social bond
Symbolic interactionism:
Critics of this theory claim that symbolic interactionism neglects the macro level of social interpretation—the “big picture.” In other words, symbolic interactionists may miss the larger issues of society by focusing too closely on the “trees” rather than the “forest”.
Conflict theory: This perspective is derived from the works of Karl Marx.
Whereas most other sociological theories focus on the positive aspects of society, conflict perspective focuses on the negative, conflicted, and ever-changing nature of society. Unlike functionalists who defend the status quo, avoid social change, and believe people cooperate to effect

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