Essay about The Sociological Imagination : C. Wright Mills

1016 Words Nov 14th, 2016 5 Pages
C. Wright Mills, in his book The Sociological Imagination¸ states that once an individual possesses the sociological imagination, he is then able to understand the larger context of his life, as well as the lives of others. This rare thinking process allows him to consider the fact that people are often “falsely conscious” of their places within society. The possession of this way of thinking allows him to view how society’s external forces have affected his life and the lives of others. Usually, it is a person’s ascribed statuses that most prominently shape his life despite him having little to no control over them, such as gender and ethnicity. By looking at my life from another perspective, I have come to realize how much these social positions influence my conscious and unconscious mannerisms, choices, and treatment. As a young girl growing up in Bahamian society, I was taught, and often urged, to speak and behave in ways that differed from the boys. I was, and still am, knowingly and unknowingly, affected by my gender’s role in the society and time in which I grew up. Capitalism and my social class also directly and indirectly altered my life; as my parents were proletarians, I was seen and treated unequally by those whose parents were part of the owning class. These “superiors” deemed me as lesser, and thus I was alienated, due to the ideas of inequality embedded into our society. Though, at the time, I was not aware of the impacts my gender, social class, and other…

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