Sociology Lecture #1
The “sociological imagination” – individual experiences connected to a social
context, C.Wright Mills (1959)
The sociological imagination allows people to understand the relationship between
public or social issues and private troubles.
If we apply the “social imagination ” to the problem of divorce we can link divorce
rates to changes in divorce legislation….
In Becker’s first graduate seminar on writing he asked students to describe their
practical writing habits. He found students approach the writing process with anxiety
Emile Durkeim – work on suicide, the more strongly anchored or attached a person is
to society (though their social relationships, such as marriage, religion, gender), the less
likely they are to commit suicide.
- Protestants did not provide integration vs. other religions
Social Solidarity: how much you see people with shared beliefs
Men Vs. Women; women will have lower rates of suicide = strongly anchored to society