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

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      Kimberly Sinche

      C. Wright Mills proposes a new perspective called Sociological Imagination. This idea connects the actions of an individual to a larger social force. It helps view the pattern of the action of an individual to a group. It takes a look at any influence the wider social force has upon an individual.

      Society is defined by a specific area, culture and its interactions. It combines its common and repeated shared traits and similarities to categorize them as a whole. Factors may be financial status, education and religious beliefs.

      Sociological Imagination is finding the correlation between an individual and a larger social group. It looks to view both sides of the spectrum rather than just one and being judgmental without knowledge of the influences from society. For example, dropping out of college. For an individual people may think that the student dropout is just lazy or doesn’t care to receive an education. But in larger spectrum you may see a big amount of students dropped out without fully paying their tuition. The larger force shares the fact that tuition is too high and perhaps what needs to be viewed is the cost of a higher education. Sociological Perspective is trying to understand the reasoning behind the decision and what influenced such decision for an individual. What factors could have been taken into consideration? Perhaps it was family, low financial stability, etc.

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