The Sociological Imagination In The Promise By C. Wright Mills

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Sociological imagination is a concept that enables individuals to understand their issues within the broader light of society. It enables an individual to connect their personal issues to that of society in hopes that they will be able to understand and cope with their personal issues more effectively. “It enables him to take into account how individuals, in the welter of their daily experience, often become falsely conscious of their social positions”. (Mills, 1959) C.Wright Mills discusses sociological imagination as well as many other concepts that relate to the connection of individuals to society in the “The Sociological Imagination”. He defines the concept of sociological imagination as the ability for an individual to understand and…show more content…
The main concept that C. Wright Mills analyses throughout “The Promise” is that of sociological imagination. The other concepts link with sociological imagination, as this is not only a concept, but also a capability. In “The Promise” issues such as war and unemployment and its effect on individuals and then at society as a whole are discussed. (Mills, 1959) Unemployment is a major issue in South Africa. It is common that graduates face unemployment. The unemployment rate increases with every passing year. This not only affects the individual negatively, but also society as the economy is impacted greatly. South Africa is faced with one of the highest unemployment rates globally. (Kingdon & Knight, 2004) It has been noted that the unemployment rate in South Africa has peaked between the years 2001 and 2003. (Banerjee, Galiani, Levinsohn, McLaren, & Woolard, 2008) This issue effects not only society negatively, but also the individuals that make up society and is an ever-growing problem. Other societal issues include the growing crime rate, corruption, pollution, poverty and issues concerning gender

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