The Difference Between The Sociological Imagination, By C. Wright Mills ( 1959 ) And Common Sense

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Introduction to Sociology To define the difference between the Sociological Imagination, as presented by C. Wright Mills (1959) and common sense, is the aim of this essay. Using Education failure as an example I will identify both sides to the argument and through the use of articles and academic documents, wrote in connection with this topic, will highlight how each approach has a different effect on our society.

Sociology is a combination of common-sense, statistical inquiry and social theory and provides a distinct, but partial, view of what is going on (Marsh and Keating, 2000). Sociology and sociologists have a very strong relationship with common-sense in that the object of study is often the common-sense view of social reality held by members of society. Common sense is a term based on judgement. It is the information gained through personal experience which leads to "more than obvious" knowledge (Pring 2005). Browne (1992) says it is "what 'everyone knows".

An example of common sense is that there is a general consensus that university graduates with a degree are more likely to land a good job with a better wage than those who are not. This expectation however, has been proven by sociologists to not necessarily be the outcome. An example of this is Marc Zuckerberg, the inventor of Facebook, who was a college drop-out, left with no further qualifications, but later became one of the richest men in the world.

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