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The Sociological Imagination

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Eric Davis

on 20 September 2018

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Transcript of The Sociological Imagination

The systematic study of the relationship between the individual and society and of the consequences of difference

The study groups, societies, and social interactions.

A group of people who live in a defined geographic area, who interact with one another, and who share
a common culture is what sociologists call a society.
What is Sociology?
Sociology teaches us to examine broader societal characteristics and trends, because these external factors often exert more influence on the circumstances of our day-to-day lives than our “internal” qualities.
The Sociological Imagination
Without interdependent networks of people performing myriad small tasks, we'd all be hard-pressed to provide for ourselves

Interdependence means we do not have to rely on our own knowledge and skill alone for survival
Individual Problems?
Andre... is unemployed
Mike and Carol... are divorcing

Does college guarantee financial well-being?
(What social variables affect us?)

Does love guarantee a successful relationship?
(Societal influences...?)
The Sociological Imagination
The Sociological Imagination allows us to recognize
that the solutions to many of our most serious social problems lie not in changing the personal situations
and characteristics of individual people but in changing the social institutions and roles available to them.
Sociology 101
Bellevue College
Particularly in the US, we have a marked tendency to rely on individualistic explanations, attributing people’s achievements and failures to their personal qualities. Our
is made possible by our
Sociological Eye --------> Sociological Imagination
Private Trouble vs Public Issue

Example: Unemployment
Sociological Imagination ------> Social Change!
An awareness of the relationship between who we are as individuals and social forces that shape our lives
The Consequences of Difference

Sociology looks at how economic, social,
and cultural resources are distributed

Implications of these patterns in terms of the opportunities and obstacles they create for individuals and groups

Social Inequality:
Condition in which members of society have differing amounts of wealth, prestige, or power
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