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Week 1

Sociological Imagination- The Promise by C. Wright Mills

Brianna Sepulveda

on 17 January 2014

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Transcript of Week 1

January 15 and 17

I. What is Sociology
II. The Promise
III. Course Schedule

Sociological Imagination
The Promise
Sociological perspective related to "Sociological Imagination"

C. Wright Mills coined this term in an article: "The Promise" (1959)
Sociological Perspective
Studying and Understanding the ways in which social forces influence (expand and restrict) individuals' social experiences
Social Institutions
not just buildings, individuals, jobs, a name
its a location, roles, adaptable, interdependent,
networks and relations between people and symbols
Think like a Sociologist:
sociological perspective
realizes that:
Differences between cultures do not make one superior to the other
"this is sausage to me"
"think outside the box"

Vulgar thinking
: when one ignores the sociological perspective and continues to believe that their way of thinking/behaving is superior to others

The Promise
by C. Wright Mills

1. Break into groups of 3
2. Read distributed paragraph
3. Summarize in 1-10 words
4. Share with class:
Milieux (french) -
your social environment

Social Stratification
Race Gender Wealth Health

Social stratification are ways of creating systematic inequality
The Sociological Imagination is:
a mindset
the practice of observing and understanding the intersections of biography and history in social context
a terrible thing
reveals the ways in which some experiences are out of our control
a magnificent thing
explains that our experiences are shared and provides reassurance
The Sociological Imagination asks:
how do parts of social structure interact?
what is the history of this society?
who receives unequal treatment?
The Sociological Imagination does:
separate personal troubles from issues
Troubles are individual problems
Issues are social problems
explain that one high school dropout in a wealthy neighborhood is an individual trouble

explain that nationwide increased rates of high school dropouts is an issue
Summarize and Define (groups of 3)
sociological perspective
why is it called a "Royale with Cheese"?
sausage and bologna phrases
vulgar thinking
The Promise
Sociological Imagination (SI)
social stratification
categories of stratified groups
social institutions
name 6 institutions
"Royale with Cheese"
systematic inequalities among groups of people arise as intended or unintended consequences of social processes and relationships
"Complex group of interdependent positions that form and perform a social role and reproduce themselves over time."
Course Schedule
Need to Know
Tour Blackboard for SOC1000:
What is Sociology?
the study of human society and culture
society's impact on individuals
social structure
sociology of
gender, race, poverty, wealth, health, sexuality, religion, education, family, authority, technology, environment, economy, on and on
We can see how our decisions are affected by society
How do social influences impact human nature
using it to walk in an other's shoes
we experience things in a new way
unemployment stems from lack of opportunity not lack ofharacter
embracing social structure gives acceptance
troubles are personal- everyone has their own
dealing with issues is is societal thing
history evolvdes and influences individuals
ask: how are societies different or alike?
it enables us to relate between societies
shaping the man
man goes through life learning but not knowing why
familiar situations trap man in habits
allows us to be a witness
Using the Sociological Imagination
Dying teeth black.
Why would a whole community also blacken teeth?
Why would anyone dye their teeth black?
The Sociological perspective and imagination requires empathy:
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