C Mills Sociological Imagination

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Sociology 101 ------------------------------------------------- Critical Analysis of C. Wright Mills Tennyson Smith Sociology 101 ------------------------------------------------- Critical Analysis of C. Wright Mills Tennyson Smith To understand the term “Sociological Imagination” one has to understand the basic principle, which surrounds sociology, thus the methodologies and concepts pertaining to sociological imagination should be strongly examined. The three most important questions that one has to ask are; what is the structure of society being studied? Secondly, what relevance does the context of what is being studied have on history? and thirdly how does this impact those within the society. “Sociological Imagination” by C. Wright Mills was written in 1959. It aims to address the social unrest amongst the society at that time and the method designed to fix these issues. Mills believed that the basic understandings of the social matters of our lives are affected not only by our individual characteristics but also by our place in the social world. Mills uses symbolic interactionism to focus on an individual and his interaction in their society. For Mills the sociological concerns have become more of an administrative concern and not thought about in and intellectual manner, for Mills this approach of thinking and dealing with society was incorrect. In the “Sociological Imagination Mills states “The sociological imagination enables its possessor to understand the larger historical scene in terms of its meaning for the inner life and the external career of a variety of individuals. It enables him to take into account how individuals, in the welter of their daily experience, often become falsely conscious of their social positions. Within that welter, the framework of modern society is sought, and within that framework the psychologies of a
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