: 2011 BA LLB 98

Sociological Imagination
The term sociological imagination was coined by the American sociologist C. Wright Mills in 1959, to describe the type of insight offered by the discipline of sociology. The term is used in introductory textbooks in sociology to explain the nature of sociology and its relevance in daily life. Sociologists differ in their understanding of the concept, but the range suggests several important


Statement of the problem
Reconcile two varying, abstract conceptions of social reality - the "individual" and "society".

1. To study differing definitions of various sociologists and also present various commonalities in them. 2. Criticise the "grand theory" and "abstracted empiricism," outlining and criticizing their use in the current sociology of the day. 3. to find (and articulate) the connections between the particular social environments of individuals and the wider social and historical forces in which they are enmeshed.

The approach of the project will be mainly based on C W Mills’ approach on sociological imagination. Thus ,this approach will challenge the functionalist approach to sociology, as it opens new positions for the individual to inhabit with regard to the larger social structure.

Method of study

The doctrinal method of study has been employed to compile this research project.

Research Questions
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Review of literature
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The sociological imagination is the capacity to see how sociological situations play out due to how people differ and social circumstances differ. It is a way of thinking about things in society that have led to some sort of outcome, and understanding what causes led to that outcome. Things that shape these outcomes include (but are not limited to): social norms, what people want to gain out of something (their motives for doing something), and the social context in which they live (ex.- country, time period, people with whom they associate). Basically, as an aspect of sociological imagination, what people do is shaped by all these things that result in some sort of outcome.

Conclusions and Suggestions
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Bibliography and References
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