Sociological Imagination And What It Defines Essay

769 Words Nov 12th, 2014 4 Pages
Throughout history different societies and nations have obtained different levels of sociological imagination. Some societies have never had it, others have obtained and lost it, while others have obtained it and thrived on it. In this reaction paper I will be discussing and explaining what is meant when we hear the term Sociological Imagination and what it defines. The sociological imagination enables us to group history and biography and the relations between the two within society. (Mills, 1959, P.1) In addition, it also helps us understand the ability to observe in a wider social context the actions that are influenced according to various situations. As the article states, “Neither the life of an individual nor the history of a society can be understood without understanding both.”(Mills, 1959, P.1) Another interpretation of sociological imagination is to break away from your daily routine and relive it in a new perspective. It is a great significance that people are able to relate to certain problems in which they experience in their everyday lives due to global societal issues. Moreover, a historical event that majorly influenced my life is the recession. During my years in high school when applying for a job position all I needed to do was walk in, fill out an application and have an interview on the spot. It seemed before the recession, finding a job was very easy and simple, but after the financial decline I did not know what the outcome would lead to in the…

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