For my last blog post I will be writing a reflective essay on sociology and on the sociological imagination. Before I took sociology I didn’t have much of an understanding or knowledge about society, I took an intro to psychology course in grade 12 but psychology is not the same as sociology and looking at society as a whole.
When defining the sociological imagination I found it’s quite complex and an interesting concept, it was coined by Charles Wright Mills. The sociological imagination is a certain view of the world and is used to understand individuals place in society. It’s important to know that people’s histories and biographies are a major contributor in determining roles in society and the sociological imagination is used to see how those biographies are linked. This term allows individuals to see their own life as being connected with others biographies, social structures and histories, it’s more of an intersection that means we are all interdependent on other people. The sociological imagination is an insight into the world of sociology, it allows social actors and sociologists to see how sociological situations play out depending on how people differ with histories and experiences. It allows an understanding and makes people think deeply about social occurrences, to expand a social imagination people must be aware and see events from an alternate view. When using the sociological imagination the main focus is to know that the things we do are shaped by the situation we are in and many other factors that develop as the imagination is strengthened.
Knowledge is an interesting concept, there is an endless amount of info and knowledge to be learned and being educated could be a lifelong journey. When considering the sociological imagination it’s true that all of this knowledge and new learning opportunities will fully contribute to the expansion of the imagination. To know that by having somewhat, even a small amount of the sociological imagination, will allow a person to see the world they live in through a whole new view. That’s when it’s expected for people to debunk and take the old outdated info and compare and contrast that with new learned knowledge which will exercise the use of the imagination with a better understanding of society. With a well-developed sociological imagination people can see society truly and see where changes are needed, that’s where social actors play a role to see any inequalities or injustice and enforce change to better society for everyone.
The sociological imagination is also known as the sociological perspective and once educated on society and terms involving people and society as a whole people can use this perspective to see and realize the many components involved. A major task involved in gaining knowledge towards a sociological imagination is to be able to differentiate between personal problems from public issues. Personal troubles are individual shortcomings and public issues are issues out of the individuals control and in the social structure.The best accomplishment towards this task would be knowing the difference between the two ideas and knowing where the fault lies, whether it be blamed on the individual or the structure. The Sociological imagination is very complex and is a forever growing amount of knowledge that if put to good use could be helpful in improving issues in society.