Sociological Imagination

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What is the Sociological Imagination? The sociological imagination is defined as “the ability to connect the most basic, intimate aspects of an individual’s life to seemingly impersonal and remote historical forces.” (Conley, 5) So to begin I, had to ask myself what parts of my life can be examined by the social imagination. The first thing I had to do was look at what sociological institutions and forces have made me who I am today. The process of narrowing down the most influential forces really took some time. The first one I thought of was one that a person cannot choose, that being my family and how this has given me some of my most important characteristics, such as my work ethic and views of the society which we live in. The next institution I thought of was religion and how it influenced my views of the world, my morals, and how the establishment of my religion has given me a greater sense of belonging. And finally I looked at how the media has shaped the way that I make my political decisions as well as allowing me to become more tolerant of others.

The fist, and potentially the most important, social institution in my life would have been my family. Over my years as an adolescence, being raised in my parent’s home, I was socialized in what was to be expected for things such as my politics, ethics, work ethic, religious/spiritual views and my views of the family unit, as well as how I should view and interact. Today I would be called, by most a republican. This is because of the way that I was taught to be responsible for my actions and my responsibility for helping my neighbor. This also applies to my work ethic. As a child my family always worked with their hands and taught me to take pride in the jobs that I did, which were mostly labor. Through the years I have found that today I am still able to take pride in my labor over things such as academics. To reflect back to my political views, I am still responsible for my academics but find it much more...
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