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Fox 1 Lecture 27 SOCIOL 2S06 Monday January 20 , 2014  Theoretical Ideas of C. Wright Mills cont. a) The concept of class consciousness ­ Marx argued that only members of the working class who could achieve class consciousness ­ Members of the working class, he hoped would shift from class in itself to a class for itself F) The sociological imagination 1) Definition: Is the quality of mind that enables one to see a connection between personal troubles and public issues 2) Concepts: a) Touble: • According to Mills, troubles occur within the character of the individual and within the range of his/her immediate relations with others • Troubles are private matters b) Issues: • Issues have to do with matters that transcend local environments of the individual and the range of his or her life • Have to do with society as a whole • Issues are public matters 3) Elaborations • Anyone that posses sociological imaginations understands how history and structure has an impact on biography • “Mills wrote that the sociological imagination is the capacity to range from the most impersonal and remote transformations to the most intimate feathers of the human self and to see the relations between the two.” 4) Unemployment • Unemployed people see their situation as a personal trouble • They may blame themselves (lack skills, lack education) • The solution they see is to upgrade their skills and get more education • If an unemployed person sees that they posses the skills and the sociological imagination, then they see it as a social
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