Famous American sociologist C.Wright Mills explored how sociology should be studied by the individual's perspective this is now known as Sociological imagination. According to Exploring Sociology sociological imagination is defined for the ability to perceive how dynamic social forces influence individual lives. (Ravelli, B., & Webber, M., page 5) To clarify this definition everything happens for a reason, the outcome of one's experience in life can be explained its surrounding, for example if someone becomes really wealthy and successful it could meant that the stock market is good or vise versa if some cannot find a job or is poor, the unemployment rate in that country could be high. Another famous theorist Emilie Durkheim, who also believed in examining in depth and not accepting information at face value, she was the founder of modern sociology and studied suicides.
Why people go to the extent of ending their life, Durkheim suggests that there is an explanation for this such as rapid change that causes anomie. (Class notes) This perceptive of evaluating the individuals and group perspective is an important concept when examining Canadian society. In trying to understand Canadian Society through the point of view of sociological imagination, we can investigate what defines Canadian society and different division sociology, such as; deviance, socialization, culture, gender and sex, race and ethnicity, globalization and social change.
[...] Being able to open one's mind to see the relationship between ordinary lives and link it to their social lives, we can study the fundamentals of the bigger problem. Through identify with Canadian Society in the midst of this of sociological imagination, we can investigate what defines Canadian society and different division sociology, such as; deviance, socialization, culture, gender and sex, race and ethnicity, globalization and social change; C.Wright Mills ‘sociological imagination theory works perfectly to incorporate each of these sub-topics. References: - Ravelli, B., & Webber, M. (2009-2010). Exploring Sociology : a Canadian Perspective. Toronto: Pearson Canada. [...]
[...] Which is the fundamental to C.Wright Mills idea of sociological imagination. With keeping in mind the capability of analysing the bigger picture rather than micro level when studying sociology, we must consider the importance of gender and sex in society and its effect on Canadian culture. In more recent years this era of social networking and 24/7 of media/news coverage has brought the world closer and somewhat more accepting then past year. For instance in 2005 Canada passed Bill C-38, the Civil Marriage Act, that legalised same sex marriage all over Canada.( Ravelli, B., & Webber, M., page 287) This is great progress for Canadians, it demonstrate Christian Welzel theory of cultural change and self expression. [...]
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