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MSL NOTES ON READINGS 1, 2, 57, 8, 9, 10

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University of Toronto Scarborough
Malcolm Mac Kinnon

Mapping the Social Landscape Readings Notes TOPIC: Introduction 1) Reading 1: The Promise by C. Wright Mills (p. 1-7) Men feel that their private lives are a series of traps. There are so many problems for them to face that often times they become overwhelmed. Neither the life of an individual nor the history of a society can be understood without understanding both. Men do not usually see such correlation. They dont see how the troubles they endure are related to the ups and downs of the society they live in. They arent usually aware of the complex connection between the patterns of their own lives and the course of world history. The history that now affects man is World History. The very shaping of history now outspaces the ability of men to orient themselves in accordance with cherished values. Even when they dont panic, men sense that the older ways of feeling and thinking have collapsed and that newer beginnings are ambiguous to the point of moral stasis. Men need, and feel they need, a quality of mind that will aid them to use information and to develop reason in order to achieve lucid summations of what is going on in the world and what may be happening within themselves. The sociological imagination: o Enables its possessor to understand the larger historical sense in terms of its meaning for the inner life and the external career of a variety of individuals, in the welter of their daily experience. o It enables us to grasp history and biography and the relations between the two within society. The person can now take into account how individuals often become falsely conscious of their social positions. An individual can understand his own experience and gauge his own fate only by locating himself within his own period. He can only know the chances in life only by becoming aware of those of all individuals in his situation. We do not know the limit of mans capacity for supreme effort or willingness degradation, for agony or glee, for pleasurable brutality or the sweetness of reason. Every individual creates a biography, a name for him or herself. The limits of human nature are broad. A social study that has not come back to the problems of biography, or history and of their intersections within a society has completed its intellectual journey. When conducting a social analysis, classic types of questions that may be asked are: o Questions about the structure of the society. o Questions about the history period and the societys stance in human history. www.notesolution.com
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