The Sociological Imagination And Myths, And How Are They Different From Sociological Knowledge?

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1. What are commonsense knowledge and myths, and how are they different from sociological knowledge?

Common sense knowledge is usually generalizations. Common sense observations are not subjected to the strict forms of testing that is necessary for valid sociological explanations. Myths are stories of people explaining natural or social phenomenon involving supernatural events or beings. Myths are also widely held false beliefs or ideas. Sociological knowledge usually start with a theory that can be tested in a systematic way.

2. What is the sociological imagination? How might it be useful in your everyday life?

Sociological imagination is the ability to look beyond one’s own understanding of what everyday life is. C. Wright Mills used this concept to describe the ability to think oneself out of a familiar routine of everyday life. In order to do this you had to be able to free your mind from one context allowing you to look at things from an alternative perspective.

3. Why is overspending often viewed as a personal trouble rather than a public issue? Why is unemployment most likely to be seen as a personal trouble as well?

It is not considered public issue because it only affects the individual. It is not considered public issue until that individual becomes unemployed and has to rely on assistance. Unemployment could most likely be seen as a personal trouble because the individual would be labeled as lazy, irresponsible, or lacked good work habits. 4. Define and…

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