C. Wright Mills’ “The Sociological Imagination” states:
“The Sociological imagination enables us to grasp history and biography and the relationship between the two within society. This is its task and promise. It is by means of the sociological imagination that human beings now hope to grasp what is happening to themselves as minute points of intersection between biography and history within society.”
Using Mills’ definition, how would you apply sociological imagination to your own life? what is the point of intersection between your personal biography and a social/historical event? (8 pts)
Using Mills’ definition, I could apply sociological imagination to my life with my fear of not getting into a top university. I find that society will reject me if I am unable to attend a top university and that society has depicted a picture where if you don’t get into a good school, you will struggle financially. The point of intersection with this dilemma can be rooted as far back as I can remember where growing up, the questions always asked were what school do you go to, what are your grades, and where do you want to go to college? That along with the media’s constant mention of only top universities made it seem that if you are to be in anything but the top, you will not be accepted.