The Sociological Imagination, By C. Wright Mills Essays

2110 Words Apr 19th, 2015 9 Pages
C. Wright Mills is widely considered to be one of the most influential sociologist in history. The effects of his publications can be seen in the ideas and works of the majority of sociologist that have come after him. His book, The Sociological Imagination, is thought to be one of the most important and revolutionary works ever published in the field of sociology. In The Sociological Imagination, Mills explained his personal approach to studying sociology, distinguishing it from that of other popular sociologist of the time, while criticizing some other approaches. He argued that many sociologist have veered away from the traditional way of studying society in favor of conducting research for the government. Mills viewed sociology as the study of a person’s influence and impact on society as well as society’s influence and impact on said person. He claimed that in order to study said connection between oneself and society you must possess an imagination capable of understand “history, biography and the relations between the two within society”. In essence, a person with a strong sociological imagination is capable of viewing society frolm an outside perspective, ignoring any preconceived ideas they have from their own personal experiences while imaging how others experience the world, and relating those finding to other situations within society. One of the main points touched on in The Sociological Imagination is the effects of society on a single person. Mills’ states…

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