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Class 1-3 Sociological Imagination

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Department
Sociology
Course
SOCI 100
Professor
Debra Pentecost
Semester
Fall

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Sociological Imagination 09-10-2012 Reading: The Promise C. Wright Mills STRUCTURE OF PARTICULAR SOCIETY  What is the structure of this particular society as a whole?  What are its essential components, and how are they related to one another?  How does it differ from other varieties of social order?  Within it, what is the meaning of any particular feature for its continuance or change? HISTORICAL COMPARISONS  Where does this society stand in human history?  What are the mechanics by which it is changing?  What is its place within and its meaning for the development of humanity as a whole?  How does any particular feature we are examining affect and how is it affected by the historical period in which it moves?  And this period, what are its essential features?  How does it differ from other periods?  What are its characteristics ways of history-making? INDIVIDUALS WITHIN SOCIETY  What varieties of men and women now prevail in this society and in this period?  What varieties are coming to prevail?  In what ways are they selected and formed, liberated and repressed?  What kinds of “human nature” are revealed in the conduct and character we observe in this society in this period?  What is the meaning for “human nature” of each and every feature of the society we are examining? THE SOCIOLOGICAL IMAGINATION  “The quality of mind”  Combining the use of information and reason  Understand our place in society by thinking about troubles with a social basis  Personal troub
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