Essay about The Sociological Imagination By C. Wright Mills

1492 Words Dec 19th, 2016 6 Pages
Many people in today’s society believes that the decisions they make or the problems they endure are simply due to their own choices. Although it may seem this way, society places a social structure on the lives of every person. The Sociological Imagination by C. Wright Mills believes that this is the way society operates. According to Mills, “Neither the life of an individual nor the history of a society can be understood without understanding both” (Mills 3). By this quote, Mill means that in order to understand one’s self, one has to understand the society that they are living in. Many people feel as though that “their private lives are a series of traps.” They feel as though they cannot overcome the problems they face in their everyday world. People are so use to only looking at close up scenes such as their friends and family. Mills believes that this feeling of being trapped is the neglectfulness of the underlying changes in society. To escape this “trap” one needs to be “seldom aware of the intricate connection between the patterns of their own lives and the course of world history.” To do this, one must understand their intersection that is consisted of the point in time in history, you as an individual, and the social structure one is place in. One must be able to look at the world and the greater events surrounding them and relate it to themselves. One must also understand the relevance that these events have in one’s life as well as be able to place themselves…

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