The Sociological Imagination Essay

1057 Words Nov 22nd, 2005 5 Pages
Paper Grade: 75 / C

The Sociological Imagination The sociological imagination is an idea or a way of thinking that interlocks an individual in a society with the society as a whole. Most people refer to sociology as the study of how people or individuals interact with each other. In order to fully understand sociology and the concept of the sociological imagination as proposed by C. Wright Mills, one has to be able to envision the individual and the society working together to better understand the role each plays in the social order. C. Wright Mills states that "Sociology must make a connection between the individual and the social. It must allow the individual to see the larger context in which his or her life is lived, and in
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As described above, the social imagination is how the "troubles" and the "issues" of a society interact with each other in order to fully understand each part of the society. Medicalization can also be divided into two parts. One part is when the individual or a small group considers, wrinkles for example, as a medical problem. The other part is when the society as a whole considers wrinkles as a medical problem and starts to medicalize it by prescribing medications to reduce wrinkles. When the individual considers wrinkles as a problem, the sociological imagination would consider this as a "trouble" in society. It would only consider that individual when assessing the problem and trying to come up with solutions. When the society as a whole considers wrinkles as a medical problem, the sociological imagination would consider this as an "issue" that the whole society needs to deal with.
The example above only shows how the social imagination and medicalization are related and how the social imagination can be applied and is essential to our lives. These two concepts are linked together in a much deeper level when considering all the aspects of society. It is important to think about the sociological imagination in regards to the many sociological problems in our lives. As stated by C. Wright Mills, "to be aware of the idea of the social structure and to use it with

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