Sociological Imagination

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  • Sociological imagination


    Sociological Imagination - The ability to see how the seemingly personal, intimate aspects of ones life are connected to broader, social and historical conditions. The ability to connect personal troubles to the condition of ones society. The concept is visible in the work of many classical and contemporary sociologists, but the term itself is credited to C. Wright Mills.

  • An Introduction to C. Wright Mills’s The Sociological Imagination - A Macat Sociology Analysis


    Society is the sum total of a number of forces—political, economic, psychological, and more. Society shapes our attitudes, choices, and preferences. This means that personal problems all have social roots; so improving people’s lives clearly requires social solutions. Watch Macat’s short video for a great introduction to C. Wright Mills’s The Sociological Imagination, one of the most important sociology books ever written.

    Macat’s videos give you an overview of the ideas you should know, explained in a way that helps you think smarter. Through exploration of the humanities, we learn how to think critically and creatively, to reason, and to ask the right questions.

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  • Definitions: Sociology and the Sociological Imagination


    Basic definitions of Sociology and the Sociological Imagination

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    Sociological Imagination


    The Sociological Imagination enables us to grasp history and biography and the relations between the two within society. That is it's task and it's promise. -C Wright Mills, _The Sociological Imagination_ , page 6

    The Warner brother's Wile E. Coyote and Roadrunner demonstrate for us one interpretation of a sociologist's quest to fulfill that promise.

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  • C Wright Mills Sociological Imagination and the Power Elite


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    C. Wright Mills - The Sociological Imagination


    Mills explores why theory is important to our understanding of society. He explains the concept of the Sociological Imagination-- his idea that sociologists needed to be critical and skeptical of the bureaucratization of sociological research. He sets forth a sense of what it means to be an intellectual scientist.

  • Using the Sociological Imagination


    Applying the sociological imagination to issues like eating disorders and attending BYU-Idaho

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    What is sociology???


    I applied for a PGCE course and I had to make a video explaining to 16 year olds, What is sociology? It would have been better if I'd used a BBC-circa-1948 voice, but I didn't have the guts.

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  • Social Thinking: Crash Course Psychology #37


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    Why do people do bad things? Is it because of the situation or who they are at their core? In this week's episode of Crash Course Psychology, Hank works to shed a little light on the ideas of Situation vs. Personality. Oh, and we'll have a look at the Stanford Prison Experiment... It's alarming.

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  • Intro to Sociology: The Sociological Imagination


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    A Successful Sociologist Makes the Familiar Strange


    In this Paradox Animation, Dalton Conley defines the sociological imagination and explains how to think like a sociologist.

  • The Sociological Imagination - Private Troubles, Public Issues


    This video lecture examines the idea of the sociological imagination being about seeing the relationship between private troubles and public issues, as argued by the famous American sociologist, C. Wright Mills.

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    Charles Wright Mills documentary


    A short documentary on C. Wright Mills life, theories, accomplishments, and impacts on society.

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  • Conflict Theory


    Conflict theory observes how the unrest in a society will cause it to change and evolve to relieve the tension.

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  • Role of Sociological Imagination: Parades


    Role of Sociological Imagination: Parades

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    Charles Wright Mills. Documental en español.


    Sociologo norteamericano (1916-1962). Estudió la división de la sociedad norteamericana en clases opresoras y oprimidas.
    Pequeño documental con su recorrido biográfico, académico y bibliográfico. Algunos libros no mencionados en el documental son: Otros trabajos importantes incluyen: The Causes of World War Three (1958), Escucha Yanqui: la Revolución en Cuba (1960), y Los Marxistas (1962). En latinoamérica también es recordado por su sincero apoyo a las luchas populares y de liberación.

  • Sociology Lesson 2- Sociological Perspectives


  • Sociological Imagination


    Hi! My name is Farah Natasha from Montana. This video is just a short, SUPER casual video of me talking about Sociological Imagination as well as relating 2 major events that happened in the year that I was born which was in 1997. Which 2 major events did I choose? Watch to find out ;)

  • An introduction to the discipline of Sociology


    What is Sociology and why should we study it? This short video from Macat explains how the subject has developed over the years and introduces some of the key ideas and major thinkers who have helped to shape it in only a few minutes.

    Macat’s videos give you an overview of the ideas you should know, explained in a way that helps you think smarter. Through exploration of the humanities, we learn how to think critically and creatively, to reason, and to ask the right questions.

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    The Sociological Imagination


    C. Wright Mills was a professor of sociology at Columbia University in the 1950's. In time I will review many of his books, including; The Sociological Imagination, White Collar, The Power Elite, The Marxists, The Causes of World War III, Character and Social Structure among others. In The Sociological Imagination, Mills draws a distinction between personal troubles and public issues within society. One needs to understand the intersections of history (& the social sciences) and the individual biography to understand and distinguish between personal troubles and public issues that cannot be solved by any one man.

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    Why study a Sociology degree at university?


    Dr Sarah Maltby, lecturer in Sociology at City University London, talks about the relevance of a sociology degree to the workplace and our everyday lives

  • 3. The Sociological Imagination


    Now that we have discussed some social theory- what exactly is the purpose of it all?

  • CAREERS IN SOCIOLOGY – BA,B.Sc,M.Sc,P.hD,Teacher,Job Opportunities,Salary Package


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    Are men and women different? What are the causes to the roots of social evils? Why is a solution to racism the need of the hour? Why dominates social values a respect and status in the society? All these situations count under sociology. However, on a broader stage, sociology deals with the study of human society, their culture, norms, relationships and values on a group level.
    Sociology is a field of study that aims at providing knowledge about the social order, social disorder and the social changes existing in the society. It is an illuminating field that provides insight to people's lives and the matters on an intrapersonal level.
    The knowledge that a sociology student develops through his/ her degree could be used in various fields of interests. Following are a few to name:
    • International aid/development worker
    • Youth worker
    • Social researcher
    • Social worker
    • Advice worker
    • Community development worker
    • Further education lecturer

    A list of places where a brilliant sociology student can use his/ her degrees to the most are:

    • Human resources officer
    • Probation officer
    • Public relations officer
    • Charity fundraiser
    • Housing manager/officer

    Employers in the sociology department get themselves employed in the following areas of interests:

    • education authorities
    • further and higher education
    • Charitable, counseling and voluntary organizations
    • local and central government
    • industry
    • commerce
    • the NHS
    • civil service

    Following is how a CV of a sociology student should look like and must cover all the areas mentioned below:

    • knowledge and understanding of research methods, analysis and statistical techniques
    • developing opinions and new ideas on societal issues
    • relating sociological knowledge to social, public and civic policy
    • the ability to understand, scrutinize and re-assess common perceptions of the social world
    • making reasoned arguments
    • appreciating the complexity and diversity of social situations
    • Organizing work and meeting deadlines
    • working collaboratively
    • researching, judging and evaluating complex information
    • applying sociological theory to society's organizations, including schools, hospitals and offices

    A post grad degree in the mentioned subject allows the students to provide an insight to the career mentioned at a broader level. Following are the areas in which a sociology student can attain his/ her master's degree:

    • social work
    • counseling
    • community education
    • teaching
    • law
    • information management

    A list of universities that provide sociology as a subject to master in:

    St. Francis De Sales College (SFSC), Along(Arunachal Pradesh)

    City – Aalo , Along (West Siang Dist.) - 791001

    Don Bosco College, Itanagar (Arunachal Pradesh)

    P. B. 191,Jollang village , Itanagar (Papum Pare Dist.) - 791111

    North East Frontier Technical University : Faculty of Arts, Along (Arunachal Pradesh)

    Sibu-Poyi , Along (West Siang Dist.) - 791001

    Himalayan University : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Itanagar (Arunachal Pradesh)
    Chimpu, Near Arunachal Pradesh Forest Corporation, Guest House, Gohpur Tinali , Itanagar (Papum Pare Dist.) – 791111

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  • The sociological imagination


    The sociological imagination by C. Wright Mills made simple!
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    Tutor: Jeremy Simpson
    Members: Valentina, Annie, Teresa, Sacha

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    Introduction to Sociology - The Sociological Imagination - Part 1


    The Sociological Imagination: Who We Are and How We Got Here - Part 1--This course provides a sampling of problems and methods used by sociologists, with
    concrete examples from everyday life, history, and contemporary events.

  • What is a sociological perspective?


    cmc, sociology, sociological perspective, social sciences, assumptions

  • C. Wright Mills - The Power Elite


    In the early 1960, Eisenhower spoke to the citizens of the US, warning us about the Military-Industrial Complex. Mills, a conflict theorist, theorized about the role of the power elite with regard to politics and control over society.

  • Alienation


    This video focuses on the concept of alienation and its four different types as described by Karl Marx. The four different types are:
    Alienation from the Product
    Alienation from the Process
    Alienation from Others
    Alienation from Self
    Additionally, the video gives a brief explanation of the two social classes as defined by Marx- the Bourgeoisie and the Proletariat. The idea of a bread maker versus working in a bread factory is used to illustrate this idea. Further explanation of this concept can be found on pages 82-83 in Sociology 2e by OpenStax College.

  • Sociology Imagination Project


    Selections from Laci Green's videos for my Sociology Imagination Project

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    The wisdom of sociology: Sam Richards at TEDxLacador


    How can an academic discipline like Sociology be life changing? This talk suggests one way by exploring how sociologists teach us to re-imagine our personal problems and ourselves. In the end, we learn that even in our most private and seemingly isolated moments, we may be more connected to others than we realize.

    His unique ability to connect with students along with his innovative use of technology in the classroom makes Sam Richards a very popular Sociology professor in the United States. Every semester over 750 students at Penn State University take his class on race and ethnic relations, the largest course on this subject in the world. He creates an active learning space where he addresses with humor and courage the very questions that most of us choose to avoid. Sam is also a co-founder of Penn State's World in Conversation Center. Every year, thousands of students from around the world participate in the Center's mission to bring conflict into collaboration through peer-facilitated dialogue.

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    In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)

  • Introduction Sociological vs common sense


    Introduction Sociological vs common sense
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    The study of human behaviour
    is not unique to sociology
    What makes sociology
    distinctive is not what is studied
    but how it is studied
    Most of us will be familiar with
    ‘common sense’ answers to
    social questions and may rely on a number of non-sociological ways of thinking
    Naturalistic (common
    sense) explanation: It is
    only natural that a man and
    woman should live together
    for life because they fall in
    love and want to raise children
    Sociological explanation: Monogamy (one woman and one man) is only one form of mating. Mating patterns depend on a variety of economic and social factors. Marriage is a human institution.
    The domestic role of women
    Naturalistic (common sense)
    explanation: Women raise
    children because this satisfies
    maternal instincts, and the
    children’s need for a mother
    Sociological explanation:
    Ideals concerning
    domesticity and
    confine women to the
    Individualistic explanation
    (common sense): The most
    individual of all acts,
    committed by a person
    who is unhappy or mentally ill
    Sociological explanation:
    Suicide is socially patterned.
    Suicide is governed primarily
    by social factors such as
    religion, family and marriage patterns, and not by individual factors
    Private troubles/public issues
    When starting to think sociologically, it is
    important to try and start by asking the right
    questions. To do this, we need to employ
    what Mills called ‘the Sociological
    If one person is unemployed, Mills argued that this
    was a personal problem, and for that person, a
    trouble. As long as there are jobs available, we look
    to character or training for an explanation. But,
    when a large proportion of a nation's labour force is
    unemployed, it is impossible to explain this in terms
    of individuals.

  • McDonaldization


    McDonaldization is a concept written by George Ritzer in his 1993 book The McDonaldization of Society. There are four primary elements that comprise McDonaldization:
    Efficiency- finding the best or optimum means to an end.
    Calculability- The focus on quantity over quality.
    Predictability- Knowing what you are getting from one place to the next.
    Control- The focus on non-human control through technology.

    Ritzer believed it leads to a deskilling of the workforce. Why have a human do it if a computer can do it efficiently, calculably and predictably every time? Of course, this is meant to be the most rationale system of operation although it might be more irrational. Further examination of McDonaldization can be found on pages 127-128 in Sociology 2e by OpenStax College.

  • The Sociological Imagination


  • What is Sociology?


    This video discusses the definition of sociology as defined by the American Sociological Association and gives examples of different social institutions. The example used in this video describes two seemingly similar students with very different outcomes in their post-secondary educational experiences and uses the concept of the sociological imagination to understand the impact of social structures on the individual.

    Watch this video as a foundation to your understanding of the discipline. Further information on the foundation of sociology can be found in Chapter 1 in Sociology 2e by OpenStax College.

  • Introduction to Sociology: The Sociological Imagination


    Part of a first lecture in Sociology

  • Chapter 1: The Sociological Perspective


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  • Sociological Imagination feat. Pablo and MLK Jr.


    This is for my assignment, and i know it's cringy. I'm sorry for my coco mix accent! Please turn on captions if you want to understand my words, and they're edited just for you. Don't worry!

  • Cultural Capital


    According to Pierre Bourdieu, cultural capital is the cultural knowledge that serves as the currency that helps us navigate a culture and alters our experiences and the opportunities available to us. This theory focuses on the embodied, objectified and institutionalized states of capital and is significantly important in assisting us in understanding inequality in education and other social structures. Further explanation of cultural capital can be found on page 365 of the Sociology 2e text by OpenStax College.

  • Social Theories Overview


    An overview of functionalism, conflict theory, social constructionism, and symbolic interactionism to help you keep them all straight.

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    1. Three Founding Sociological Theories


    A brief introduction to the three most classic sociological theories: Conflict Theory, Structural Functionalism, and Symbolic Interactionism.

  • Sociology Lesson 1- Introduction to Sociology


  • Scientific Method


    This video examines the basic scientific method using the six steps as described in Sociology 2E (OpenStax), pages 31-33.There are six steps to the scientific method:
    1. Ask a Question
    2. Research existing sources
    3. Formulate a Hypothesis
    4. Design and Conduct a Study
    5. Draw Conclusions
    6. Report Results

    Understanding the scientific method helps us distinguish sociology from common sense and gives us an insightful picture into how we experience things in groups.

  • Sociological Imagination Assignment


    This is an assignment for Sociology, where we are acquired to create a video about sociological imagination. So here's a video of me, explaining what it is, and how it affect the two events that occurred in my birth month. With a twist. ;)

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    Musyrif Suhail & Hadi Haridan

  • C. Wright Mills: On The Sociological Imagination


    A brief presentation on The Sociological Imagination as well as the Mills' views on the writing craft. This video presentation is from Macro Social Theory, by Frank W. Elwell. This book focuses on the macro social theory of Marx, Durkheim, Weber, Malthus, and Spencer as well as contemporary expressions of these classics. The contemporary theorists covered include Harry Braverman, John Bellamy Foster, Robert K. Merton, Robert Nisbet, Neil Postman, Norbert Elias, George Ritzer, Gerhard Lenski, Stephen Sanderson, Stjepan Mestrovic, C. Wright Mills, Ester Boserup, and Immanuel Wallerstein.

  • Smoking: Applying the Sociological Imagination


    A Sociological perspective project that examines the issue of smoking in several countries including Taiwan, Nigeria, Germany, and the US. We analyze smoking as it relates to culture, and ask if smoking is considered a deviant act or not.

    Credits: Erin Wei, Arianne Jones, and Kevin Vela

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