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SOCI 1F90Lecture 2thThursday September 12 2013The Promise of Sociology Peter Berger Albert Einstein James BaldwinThe significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them Albert EinsteinEx Poverty as a problem created by capitalism capitalists cannot solve the problemSociological ImaginationKnow for testC Wright Mills says its the intellectual capacity that connects our lives with the larger social structure around usGrasp interplay between human beings and societySelfunderstanding in relation to societyTo know ourselves we must look at our society and where we stand within itMills says most people live their lives in fairly small communities and were conditioned by this small contextthey are localized by the larger communities called social structuresWe rarely question social structures because we take the structures as normalConnecting lives with society is the first step in developing the sociological imaginationThe Sociological Imagination is not complete until you askWhat are the structures of this society likeHow is society formedorganizedWhere does this society fit into the broader picture of human historyHistorical change needs to be asked and answeredHow do the structures of this society and the historical period of which I am a part influence me and those around meIf people can answer these questions people are well on the road to developing the sociological imaginationOne is more likely to employ the sociological imagination whenLiving on margins of society homosexuals women very old etcoppression forces them to think about things others take for grantedLiving through a social crisisSociological Perspective Common sense vs sociological perspectiveDeveloping Sociological Imagination means determining between common sense knowledge and the sociological perspectiveSeeing the general in the particular Peter BergerBeing able to discern between a common sense perspective and a sociological perspectiveCommon sense understanding doesnt use Sociological Imagination it is critical stereotypical often based on poor research media peers or familySociological Perspective tries to dispel common sense by using Sociological Imagination
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