Maharashtra State BoardHSC Science (General) 11th
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Concept of Sociological Imagination

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Sociological Imagination: The “sociological imagination” is a means to see through our everyday knowledge and make an adequate sense of our own lives.

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Sociological Imagination:

"Do fish in the sea know anything about ocean currents or marine biology?"- Probably not.

Most humans are more like fish. We do not generally understand the societies and cultures which are created by us. We need to know something more than the commonsensical knowledge, to understand the world around us. The "sociological imagination" is a means to see through our everyday knowledge and make an adequate sense of our own lives.

'The Sociological Imagination’ is a book written by sociologist C. Wright Mills in 1959. According to Mills, the best sociologists seem to possess a special way of thinking. This special perspective allows them to understand the interrelationship between individual lives and societies. Mills argued that we needed a sociological imagination not only to make sense of our problems but also to be able to act towards these problems in an effective manner.

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