Sociological Imagination Definition

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Sociological imagination is the ability to see the one’s own problem or relations in a different perspective and to think outside the box. In the book “The Sociological Imagination” written by C. W. Mills, Mills says that sociological imagination enables us to grasp history and biography and the relations between the two within society (Elwell,2013). While many sociologists have different understanding to this concept, so they concluded to use Mills definition of sociological imagination as “the vivid awareness of the relationship between personal experience and the wider society” (Crossman,2016). So what we think that are our personal problems might actually be public issues that we aren’t aware of as proven in history and the society then. Like every adult in the world,…show more content…
My grandfather wasn’t well educated but he knew education was important. Malaysia’s economy during the 80’s was peaked at early 80’s which enabled more Malaysian to study abroad. Since we had a relative living in the States my grandfather sent most of my uncles, aunts and my father to study in the States during the 80’s. Now most of cousins who wants to study abroad want to go to the States to study including me as we link good overseas education is with universities in the States. The linking of good overseas education with universities in the States can be related with symbolic interactionism. The interaction with the older generation who studied in the States has cause the younger generation in my family to think that studying in the States is good…show more content…
According to C. W. Mills concept on Sociological Imagination, our lives are link to history and the society that we live in and are influenced by them. How my family lived has shape me to become who am I today. If history were to change, then the me today may not even
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