Mills Sociological Imagination Analysis

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1. Introduction
As human beings, we are deeply influenced by society and societal factors. We are not people who are simply individualistic and separate, but since the conception of time, humans have been deeply linked to and motivated by other individuals along with a myriad of other societal elements. The purpose of this essay is to fully discuss Mills’ (1959) ‘sociological imagination’, to present the addiction to gambling as a personal family ‘trouble’, and then to discuss and argue how this personal addiction connects to and is shaped by larger societal structures. Additionally, the potent value of the ‘sociological imagination’ will be assessed.

2. Insight into the Sociological Imagination
This section seeks to define, explain, and
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The troubles that we face ourselves are known as personal problems. Mills (1959) argued that the sociological imagination was about being able to distinguish a personal problem from the larger social world. You can view a personal trouble as one that makes one feel that he or she is on their own, responsible, and blamed. Many personal troubles that we face are ultimately social issues. If many members of society have the same personal problem, then the personal problem turns into a social issue. For example, if you have an alcohol addiction, then that is your personal issue. If you find out later on that your friend and a number of others face the same trouble, then it has become a social issue. Alcohol addiction is a social issue in South Africa, as well as in my home country, the United States. Personal problems and social issues are actually very different, being that in the first case (personal), you were on your own and in the second case (social issue), you found yourself in a communal social position. Using the sociological imagination allows you to view a personal situation like alcohol addiction and link it to a wider social issue. As a matter of fact, one of the sociological imagination’s main purposes was to help those distinguish between personal troubles and the larger social issue (Mills,…show more content…
Mental and psychological factors play a major role. As previously stated by Shaffer & Korn (2002), mental health disorders have been linked to gambling. Bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and antisocial personality disorder have been found to be risk factors for gambling problems and addictions (Dryden-Edwards, 2016). There are also other individual differences and characteristics that can be seen as risk factors for problem gambling including, age, sex, and gender. In order for this problem to be addressed, there must first be more warnings expounded upon concerning the dangers and risks of gambling. Furthermore, I believe that the government must also take action concerning this matter that is so desperately plaguing
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