Analysis Of The Sociological Imagination

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The sociological imagination challenges some one to see how an individual 's biography is shaped by the larger social contexts of the moment in history. C. Wright Mills defined sociological imagination as "the vivid awareness of the relationship between personal experience and the wider society". (Sociological Imagination) This paper will discuss how my life experience has been shaped by the broader society that I lived in, and by my social position in society. An example of an analysis is represented in Honky, in which sociologist Dalton Conley contextualizes his own life experiences that focused on race and class as his powerful forces that shaped his childhood and educational attainment in comparison to his society. However my major forces…show more content…
I am lucky to be in this generation since I can be able to obtain the experiences and education easier. Since I am a white-male I have probably been able to obtain a better academics than a minority might have. I have also had an easy time with work and work experiences, the only problem is that I don’t know if my gender and race affects it. However, I am positive that my work attainment and work experiences would be affected. This is all considering that white men are the one of the lowest on the unemployment charts. I’m lucky that I am in the race where people don’t prejudice against me, which is when someone has a thoughts and feeling about an ethnic or racial group.(Conley, 357) I think that a theory of hegemonic masculinity has which is men 's dominant position in society and justifies the subordination of women.(Conley, 287) In a simple term it’s how men are paid more and are more important than…show more content…
My family has had one of the biggest effects on my life with my work experiences and educational attainment. It was because of my family that I have been able to go to the schools that I have gone to and have the supplies with me in school. It also thanks to my dad, most likely, that I have been able to go to the Early College, since my dad didn’t go to college. It has also been thanks to my family that I have been able to obtain a good work experience. My mom is a technical writer that works at Oracle and my father has his own company. Every once in awhile, I while go to my mom 's office and work with her and see how she does things. On the other hand, I actually work with my father and he has taught me how to act and do things while working. I am lucky to just a have a nuclear family, a traditional family, that consists of a father, a mother, my sister, and me.(Conley, 453) The major forces that have shaped my life, my educational experiences/attainments and my work experiences during my young adulthood, are my social class, my gender, my race, and my family have all had major affects on my work experiences and my educational attainment. I believe my family and social class has affected my experiences and attainments the most out of the three. My gender and race has had some effect but I have had the hardest time noticing it. My experiences and attainments have had a lot of major effects to make them the way they
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