Essay about Sociological Imagination : C. Wright Mills

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Sociological Imagination

C. Wright Mills, the sociologist who coined the term defines it as, “The sociological imagination enables its possessor to understand the larger historical scene in terms of its meaning for the inner life and the external career of a variety of individuals. It enables him to take into account how individuals, in the welter of their daily experience, often become falsely conscious of their social positions” (Mills 1959). Mills believed that this concept of sociological imagination should not only be understood by sociologists, but everyone in society. By having people understand and apply this concept in their daily lives, it would make for a better understanding among all individuals. Sociological Imagination can also be defined as the understanding of the relationships and differences between one’s experiences and the experiences of others. Mills also states that, “The first fruit of this imagination – and the first lesson of the social science that embodies it – is the idea that the individual can understand his own experience and gauge his own fate only by locating himself within his period, that he can know his own chances in life only by becoming aware of those of all individuals in his circumstances” (Mills 1959). I believe what Mills is trying to say is that by understanding one’s own experiences and being aware of their position, they will be able to empathize with other individuals. Sociological imagination not only ties in to the…

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