The Great Minds : An American Sociologist By The Name Of C. Wright Mills

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Even at this very moment, history is writing itself. We are currently living in the pages of an unfinished history textbook, each day living our lives and adding words to the narrative. These sentences and our choice of words are not simply chosen at random, but are decided and persuaded by the larger society and the unwritten history that is happening all around us.
Although a peculiar notion, it is one that many great minds have accepted, studied and expanded upon to this day. In fact, it is one of the key ideas of an entire field of scientific study: sociology. One of the great minds who work in this field is an American sociologist by the name of C. Wright Mills. Mills describes this notion as a quality of mind, its user possessing a sociological imagination. According to Mills, using a sociological imagination means one thinks of their biography in the context of their society and history, and recognizes the interplay between the two. (Cite) Everything we say, think or do, is somehow governed by these larger social forces, our context with which we live in. No one escapes the grasp of these societal forces, and consequently we all profoundly affected by them. In the context with which I exist, social forces have influenced and shaped every stage of my development, from childhood to early adulthood.
Immediately upon entering this world, society had begun to shape my views and personality. These sociological concepts which have been of great influence include gender and…

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