-Connecting our lives with the social structures around us -How we are individually influenced by social forces in society
-Three main questions: 1. What are the structures of this society like? 2. Where does this society fit into the broader picture of human history? 3. How do the structures of this society and the historical period of which I am apart influence me and those around me?
-"Seeing the general in the particular" -Peter Berger -Discerning between common sense and sociological perspective -Dissecting dynamic relationships between society and indivudials
Common Sense vs Sociological Pers.
Common sense: isn't critical and often informed by Pop. Culture or bad research, is common place
Sociological Perspective: Dissects the dynamic relationships between individuals and the larger social networks in which they live
3 Revolutions that led to the Sociological Imagination
1. The Scientific Revolution (Circa 1550) encouraged the view that conclusions about society must be based on evidence
2. The Democratic Revolution (Political Revolution) (Circa 1750) suggested that people create society and human intervention can, therefore, solve social problems
3. The Industrial Revolution (Circa 1780) created a host of social problems that attracted the attention of social thinkers
Quality of Mind
-Ability to look beyond personal circumstances and relate themselves to their social context -Viewing yourself as a product of your family, class, and geographic region, all of which sociologically impact your thinking and behaviour