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Sociological Imagination Essay

Galen College of Nursing

Sociological Imagination Essay
In 1959, sociologist, C. Wright Mills, had said that in order to think critically about the world around us, we need to use our sociological imagination in order to see the connections of our personal lives to the larger groups on history (Conley, 2011). Mills states that this is the idea of an individual being able to understand their own life experiences by inserting themselves in their own time period and ability to gauge happenings in life by being aware of individuals surrounding you in the same circumstances (Conley, 2011).
As I ponder the thought of sociological imagination, I tend to see this as a guideline of
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As a male student in a female dominated career, my wife is the breadwinner and this leads to multiple challenges on many fronts.
Feminism is an intellectual conscious raising movement to get people to understand that gender is an organizing principle of life. The underlying belief is that women and men should be accorded equal opportunities and respect (Conley, 2011). I could not agree more that there should be equal opportunities and respect for males as well as females.
There is still a pervasive challenge to masculinity inherent in the pursuit of the profession, it is argued, because, to be a good nurse, many of the attributes required are similar to those of the female gender role more generally, such as subservience, caring, kindness, and compassion (Hicks, 1999). The nursing occupation is generally stereotyped as feminine, because of the job history and also qualities of a typical nurse. In this way, male nurses have to break this barrier and in doing so are often generalized as feminine.
Denaturing of the concept of oppression makes it much easier for commentators to concentrate on the psychosocial aspects of being a man in a predominantly female occupation. For example it becomes possible to concentrate on the effort men must expend to negotiate the gender assumptions inherent in the work as they face a range of challenges to their ‘masculinity’ (Lupton, 2000).
Even though men account for 50% of the population,

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