C Wright Mills Summary

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C. Wright Mills is a sociologist who has described that, in general terms, the status of an individual, whether they have a job and are working consistently and thus are able to provide, or not, is a direct comparison to how the society is doing as a whole. When a person is doing well, or not bad, it is the social structure that is providing the problem and change does not necessarily need to occur between the people, but between the structures of the community as a whole. Mills continues to call the effects of society on the individuals the “Sociological imagination.” On page 7 of Thirty Readings in Introductory Sociology Mills acclaims that, “The sociological imagination enables us to grasp history and biography and the relations between the two within society.” What Mills is explaining in this quote is that by utilizing this sociological imagination a human can connect “history,” or the society as a whole during that time period, with “biography,” or a person’s personal experiences and troubles. To help the reader get an idea of how the society is in fact what effects an individual Mills quotes, “When wars happen, an insurance salesman becomes a rocket launcher; a store clerk, a radar man; a wife lives alone; a child grows up without a father. Neither the life of an individual nor the history of a society can be understood without understanding…show more content…
By using an example where peoples’ human rights are being taken away, and a government capable of aid turning their heads for what seems like a shallow reason, puts into perspective that the structure of society in the modern age needs to be adapted and
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