Karl Marx

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C. Wright Mills defined sociological imagination as the most needed quality of mind. Sociological imagination is the process of connecting ones life experiences to develop a thought process and build motivation. It’s the outside forces of society rather than the internal instincts. “The society in which we grow up and our particular location in that society lie at the center of what we do and what we think” (Henslin 2007:4). Henslin enforces the idea of the society around people influences how people think and what actions people take.

After writing the journal entries and answering questions about how I look at myself from my eyes and the eyes others opened up the idea of sociological imagination. I see sociological imagination as the influences society has on an individual and I am a product of that. In my second journal I discussed how I dress everyday as an athlete. Especially, being a basketball player here at Oregon, there is sort of a sense that I will dress in athletic clothes most of the time. I will not wear things that are considered not to be a “baller” (baller- slang for someone who plays basketball, dresses in big clothes, more NBA style dress). I found myself as someone who dressed as the status I allowed others to put on me.

The sociological imagination idea developed by C. Wright Mills involves three major perspectives: conflict theory, functional analysis, and symbolic interactionism. Each perspective builds on sociological imagination. Karl Marx was a conflict theorist who promoted the idea of a classless society by having the working class revolt against the capitalists. Marx described how the capitalist members built a society that influenced the working class to not revolt. Thus, the working class was caught in the sociological imagination, where they allowed life experiences from society determine their thoughts and actions.

Durkheim discussed the perspective of functional analysis as social integration. Durkheim...
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