' Sociological Imagination, By C. Wright Mills

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Introductory:

Sociological Imagination was a book written by C. Wright Mills in 1959. He felt that sociological imagination was the ability to connect even the most remotes aspects of a person’s life to the forces that were around them. He felt that it did not matter how impersonal or insignificant these events or backgrounds may have been, they would ultimately affect the person making them who there were to become. There are many aspects of our daily lives that benefit from applying SI, for example, exercising, public speaking, writing, competitions, becoming a parent, and even volunteering.
According to C.W. Mills, the sociological imagination (SI) is described as, “the ability to see the connections between our personal experience and the larger force of history” (Conley, Chapter 1: page 4). One example of sociological imagination could be baking cookies. “Baking cookies” could be looked at from several different viewpoints beyond the simple act of baking cookies. Virtually any behavior can have sociological imagination applied to it.
For instance:
• This could be a means of expressing love with a homemade goodie.
• This could be a tradition. Some people choose to bake cookies for a childhood after-school snack.
• This could be a type of addiction because cookies contain sugar, caffeine and chocolate. The consumer may have an addiction.
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Some benefits are that social imagination shapes us into what we do, who we are and who we become. It is a way of thinking about things in society that have led to some sort of outcome, and understanding what causes led to that outcome. If you fail to think this way you may not experience or take things in that are different and you could be missing out. To acquire knowledge, it is important to not follow a routine, you have to break free from the immediacy of personal circumstances and put things into a wider

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