Examples Of Sociological Imagination

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1.1 Introduction
In this essay I will be discussing the sociological imagination and the problems of families. The sociological imagination allows us to see the difference between personal problems and public issues and be able to link them. It basically allows a person to think outside of their personal perspectives and see beyond the outer appearance.
1.2 The Sociological Imagination
Sociological imagination is a "quality of mind" that allows one to grasp "history and biography and the relations between the two within society.” (Elwell). Sociological imagination is understanding your situation while taking into consideration the broader society. It allows us to see our own society-, and the people within it- from an alternative perspective that of our own personal experiences and cultural biases. It therefore links society and the individual. It provides insight which allows individuals to see their situations in light of a bigger social picture. It leads us to question things that we would otherwise view as normal.
2.1 Personal vs Public
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Personal problems are specific to an individual. These are issues that are outside of the individual’s environment and control. If a large number of people experience this problem then that makes it a societal issue. These issues are both predictable and preventable.
2.2 How personal problems and public issues come together
Personal problems and public issues come together when there are a whole lot of people with the same troubles. An example of this would be with divorce. It is a personal problem as it affects the husband and wife divorcing but it can become a public issue if a large number of people are also affected. It would be a societal concern if the divorce rates are high.
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