As used by C. W. Mills the term
sociological imagination refers to the ability to imagine and understand the intersection
between personal biography and historical social structures.
Sociological imagination is the essence of sociology. Sociological imagination is
imagining that every individual's life is given meaning, form and significance within
historically specific cultures and ways of organizing social life.
People having a sociological
imagination then are identical with being good sociologists.
Sociological imagination is a standard against which to judge sociology.
Sociological imagination took
issue with the ascendant schools of sociology in the United States, calling for humanism and a humanist sociology connecting the social, personal,
and historical dimensions of our lives.
The sociological imagination is
a sociological vision, a way of looking at the world that can see links between the
apparently private problems of the individual and important social issues.
A sociology student needs to
develop a sociological imagination. The fundamentals of sociological imagination needs to
Sociological Imagination: Expanding Ethnography in
International English Language Education - ADRIAN HOLLIDAY, Canterbury
Christ Church College
This paper argues that the cultural complexity and variety in English language classrooms
across the world also require ethnographies of non-verbal behavior
and of curriculum and curriculum project design and management beyond the classroom. A
professional sociological imagination needs to be cosmopolitan, broad-based, and
wide-ranging in the multiplicity of relations between students, educators, the community,
and also the people, material, and concepts which the profession transports across
Sociological Imagination - Author: Edwards T.
Source: British Journal of Sociology of Education, Volume 23, Number 4, 1 December 2002
Abstract: Although it takes a roughly chronological approach to the development of his
ideas, the paper emphasizes how consistently he explored the making of societies and
social classes, and the structuring of social interaction.
The title of the paper reflects how successfully Bernstein met Wright Mills' criterion for
a true sociological imagination, that it seeks to grasp the extent to which 'personal
troubles' are 'public issues' arising from the changing forms of social inequalities as these are produced from generation
Taking the sociological
imagination to school: an analysis of the (lack of) impact of information and
communication technologies on education systems - Somekh, Bridget
Source: Technology, Pedagogy and Education, Volume 13, Number 2, July 2004, pp.
This article suggests that it is time for sociologists to redirect their focus from
critiques of policy makers' unrealistic visions for information and communication
technologies (ICTs) to the more generic issues that consistently mobilise resistance to
ICTs within schools and education systems.
RALPH ELLISON'S SOCIOLOGICAL IMAGINATION - Randal Doane
This article investigates how the theoretical frameworks of Hegel, Marx, and Freud inform
Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man, and it highlights the novel's exploration of sociological
concepts such as alienation, freedom, and the unconscious. I
will consider Ellison's emergence as a writer and explore how the formal and the thematic
variations of the novel are informed by the concepts of dialectics,
being, and labor (Hegel and Marx), and psychic structure, Eros, and Ananke (Freud). I will
conclude by considering how Ellison's project resonates with the tenets of feminism and postmodernism and how
literature can be conceptualized for sociological analysis. - The Sociological Quarterly -
Volume 45 Page 161 - January 2004.
Books on sociological imagination:
College and Society: An Introduction to the
Sociological Imagination - by Stephen Sweet
Examples from a college or university setting to illustrate society in terms of social
groups and forces. College and Society is based on the premise that colleges are not
ivory towers that stand in contrast to the larger society.
The Eclipse of Morality: Science, State, and
Market (Sociological Imagination and Structural Change) by Lawrence Busch
We are heirs to three approaches to the problem of order developed in the seventeenth
century: science, the state, and the market. Busch uses the works of Bacon, Hobbes, and
Adam Smith as Weberian ideal types. Each attempted to describe, to predict, and to
prescribe a solution.
Moral Order and Social Disorder: The American
Search for Civil Society (Sociological Imagination and Structural Change) Frank
Drawing upon both classical insights and more recent writings, Hearn provides a compelling
account of social breakdown in the United States. The book examines the conditions most
responsible for the deterioration of social institutions, notably of the family and of
communitarian interdependencies, such as those that support neighborhoods. More
specifically, Hearn analyzes the defining forces of liberal modernity, in particular, the market economy.
The Sociological Inquiry: Readings Across the
by Edward Sanford
Social Problems and The Sociological Imagination:
A Paradigm for Analysis
by David R Simon
Designed for use as a supplementary social problems text at the undergraduate level, this
book analyzes social problems using the paradigm of C. Wright Mills' Sociological
Imagination, focusing on the relationship between personal troubles and public issues
affecting the society at large. After describing the major problems of American society
and grounding the reader in the fundamentals of the sociological imagination, the author
centers each chapter around one of the basic concepts of the paradigm (structure,
biography and alienation, historical main drift, ideology, and social change). Each
chapter contains two exercises, one short, the other long, which teach students how to
develop a sociological imagination. While other texts discuss the sociological
imagination, no other text applies it systematically.
The Sociological Imagination
by C. Wright Mills
C. Wright Mills is best remembered for his highly acclaimed work The Sociological
Imagination, in which he set forth his views on how social science should be pursued.
Hailed upon publication as a cogent and hard-hitting critique, The Sociological
Imagination took issue with the ascendant schools of sociology in the United States,
calling for a humanist sociology connecting the social, personal, and historical
dimensions of our lives. The sociological imagination Mills calls for is a sociological
vision, a way of looking at the world that can see links between the apparently private
problems of the individual and important social issues.
Minority Voices : Linking Personal Ethnic History
and the Sociological Imagination John P. Myers
In this unique reader, eighteen sociologists write about their own personal experiences,
and those of their families, as members of a particular racial or ethnic group in the
Crime, Justice, and Society: Criminology and the
Sociological Imagination, with Free PowerWeb
by Ronald Berger, Patricia Searles, Marvin Free
This is a uniquely sociologically oriented Criminology text designed to help students
cultivate their own "sociological imagination" about crime and criminal justice.
The book takes a critical approach and places questions of social inequality and power at
the center of criminological inquiry. It views social class,
race, ethnicity, and gender as pivotal organizing principles of
social life, prisms through which we come to know ourselves and our social world and as
central mechanisms by which social relationships are patterned.
Enriching The Sociological Imagination: How
Radical Sociology Changed The Discipline by Rhonda Levine
Since the 1960s, radical sociology has had far more influence on mainstream sociology than
many observers imagine.
On Work, Race, and the Sociological Imagination
(Heritage of Sociology Series) by Everett C. Hughes, Lewis A. Coser (Editor)
A collection of 17 papers by second generation American sociologist Hughes (1897-1983)
that speak to work, race and status, and the sociological imagination. Among the titles
are Social Role and the Division of Labor, The Knitting of Racial Groups in Industry, and
Good People and Dirty Work.
The Power of Place: Bringing Together
Geographical and Sociological Imaginations by John A. Agnew, James S. Duncan