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Sociology Definition of the Week: Sociological Imagination

By November 30, 2011

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In his book by the same name, C. Wright Mills coined the same famous phrase "sociological imagination," which is used throughout sociology today. The sociological imagination is the concept of being able to "think ourselves away" from the familiar routines of our daily lives in order to look at them anew. Mills defined sociological imagination as "the vivid awareness of the relationship between experience and the wider society." It is the ability to see things socially and how they interact and influence each other. To have a sociological imagination, a person must be able to pull away from the situation and think from an alternative point of view. Read more about sociological imagination and the book with the same title.


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