Example: Watching a documentary about Jazz, the Civil Rights Movement, or the history of baseball and putting yourself into the mindset of the time and place to better understand the lives of the people depicted in the film.
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- Plural: sociological imaginations
- Coined by C. Wright Mills (1916–1962) in 1959 in the Sociological Imagination.
- “The sociological imagination allows us to identify the links between our personal lives and the larger social forces of life—to see that what is happening to us immediately is a minute point at which our personal lives and society intersect” (Hughes and Kroehler 2008:8).
- Word origin of “sociological” and “imagination” – Online Etymology Dictionary: etymonline.com
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- Mills, C. Wright, and John Summers. 2008. The Politics of Truth: Selected Writings of C. Wright Mills. New York: Oxford University Press.
- Mills, C. Wright, and Irving Louis Horowitz. 1967. Power, Politics, and People: The Collected Essays of C. Wright Mills. London: Oxford University Press.
- Mills, C. Wright, Kathryn Mills, and Pamela Mills. 2000. C. Wright Mills Letters and Autobiographical Writings. Berkeley: University of California Press.
- Regush, Nicholas M. 1973. Visibles and Invisibles: A Primer for a New Sociological Imagination. Boston: Little, Brown.
- C. Wright Mills’ Sociology: rsu.edu
- Sociological imagination – Wikipedia: wikipedia.org
- The Sociological Imagination: csupomona.edu
- The Sociological Imagination – Wikipedia: wikipedia.org
- The Sociological Imagination – An Overview of the Book by C. Wright Mills: about.com
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How to Cite the Definition of Sociological Imagination
ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “sociological imagination.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved December 12, 2018 (https://sociologydictionary.org/sociological-imagination/).
APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)
sociological imagination. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/sociological-imagination/
Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “sociological imagination.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed December 12, 2018. https://sociologydictionary.org/sociological-imagination/.
MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)
“sociological imagination.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 12 Dec. 2018. <https://sociologydictionary.org/sociological-imagination/>.