Sociological Imagination And Its Impact On Society 's Attitudes Towards Same Sex Marriage

1836 Words Mar 30th, 2016 8 Pages
Sociological imagination is a concept associated with Mills (Plymire, 2012). Sociological imagination is a concept that relates social forces to individual actions (Plymire, 2012). This paper will explain how sociological imagination can be a useful concept in examining same-sex marriage in the Canadian society. The central argument of this paper is that sociological imagination can be used to examine how social forces influenced people to have positive attitudes towards same-sex marriage in Canada. These social forces include; the demedicalization of homosexuality, decriminalization of homosexuality, the change of Canadian culture and values, messages passed through the media and newspaper, and feminism.
At a certain point in history, homosexuality was viewed as a mental disorder (Silverstein, 2009). The medicalization of homosexuality had a great impact on society’s attitudes towards homosexuality. When medicine was attached to homosexuality; it gave society legitimate grounds to discriminate against homosexuals. Sodomy laws existed and prohibited homosexuals from practicing in certain professions (Silverstein, 2009). In the past, the medicalization of homosexuality acted as a social force that encouraged society to discriminate against homosexuals. In 1973 homosexuality was removed from the DSM II (Silverstein, 2009). This was the beginning of society’s acceptance of same-sex relationships. Declassifying homosexuality as a mental disorder encouraged society to be more…

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