Definition of Sociological Imagination
Example of Sociological Imagination
- 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.
Etymology of Sociological Imagination
Sociological Imagination Pronunciation
Syllabification: so·ci·o·log·i·cal i·mag·i·na·tion
- American English – /soh-see-uh-lAHj-i-kuhl i-maj-uh-nAY-shuhn/
- British English – /soh-siuh-lOj-i-kuhl i-maj-i-nAY-shuhn/
International Phonetic Alphabet
- American English – /ˌsoʊsiəˈlɑʤɪkəl ɪˌmæʤəˈneɪʃən/
- British English – /ˌsəʊsɪəˈlɒʤɪk(ə)l ɪˌmæʤɪˈneɪʃən/
- Plural: sociological imaginations
- “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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- Regush, Nicholas M. 1973. Visibles and Invisibles: A Primer for a New Sociological Imagination. Boston: Little, Brown.
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ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “sociological imagination.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved December 1, 2022 (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 1, 2022. https://sociologydictionary.org/sociological-imagination/.
MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)
“sociological imagination.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 1 Dec. 2022. <https://sociologydictionary.org/sociological-imagination/>.