Course: SOC 100 (1708): Culture and Society | Spring 2020 | Prof. Alapo

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      What does C. Wright Mills say about sociological imagination? How does a sociologist define society as a group of people who reside in a defined area, share a culture, and who interact with one another? What is the difference between Sociological Imagination and Sociological Perspective?

      As explained by C. Wright Mills, social imagination is our perception of how we behave and how our cultural and social circles influence our behavior and experiences. Sociologists argue that all our behaviors and decisions we make are based on a preconception we have based on our culture and customs. Sociologists define society as a group who reside in a defined area and share a culture by studying their behaviors and comparing differences from other societies. Societies differ greatly based on their location and cultural beliefs. Sociological perspective is different from social imagination because it is a new way to look at our own society, without the stressors that force us to behave a certain way. It is looking at our own cultures and behaviors without preconceptions, and developing an understanding of why certain things are the way they are. As a Japanese international student, I escaped from a rigid society which relies heavily on one single culture to the United States which is a melting pot of many different views and different lifestyles.

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