Sociological Imagination

The sociological imagination is a term coined by C. Wright Mills in 1959. He defines sociological imagination as the means by which people look at their own personal troubles in light of social issues and try to make meaningful connections between their individual experiences and that of the societies.

Sociological imagination is a useful tool to have as it as it inspires the transition from apathy to involvement through the ability to bring understanding to both your personal life and the history of a society. Mills contends that one cannot be accomplished without the other.

An example of how sociological imagination might be applied to a current situation is how difficult it seems for me as a woman in the world of technology. Applying sociological imagination to the issue I would realize that I am not alone as women in technology are rare, and we collectively suffer the same troubles. I do not need to look into myself in how I can better thrive in my chosen profession, but instead look cooperatively with my fellow “sisters” at the affect we may have as a group.

In conclusion, being aware of sociological imagination will benefit us each by offering a new perspective on the world – our lives within the society that we live. With a better understanding of how the two are intertwined we’ll be armed with better chances of improving our lot in life, and that of those who find themselves in our situation. Doing so while in the end improve our quality of mind – a peace that transcends to spirit and soul.


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