Sociological imagination

Type of insight offered by the discipline of sociology

The sociological imagination is seeing the relationship between individual experiences and society. American sociologist C. Wright Mills made this term in his 1959 book The Sociological Imagination. The term is used in introductory sociology textbooks to explain what sociology is and why it is important in daily life.[1] Sociological imagination is the ability to change from one way of looking at the world to another.

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  1. Mills, C. Wright. The Sociological Imagination (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1959), 5, 7. Print