Sociological Imagination and Perspectives

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Sociological Imagination and Perspectives
Angie Petrella
Sheridan College

The Individual Perspective
In the article I chose, entitled “Polish man's visit a nightmare”, the individual, Henryk Brzezinski, has been detained at immigrations for 10 days while on a visit to his family, and they are completely unaware for days. Henryk had a poor grasp on the English language, and was unable to properly defend himself from accusations of intending to enter Canada as an illegal immigrant. His family was not allowed to be given any information on his detainment, only to be assured that he was okay. Henryk clearly did not deserve this, as he has a business in Poland with ten employees, and his wife and son live there as well. He was most likely very confused and upset by this unfair treatment, as Canada is generally viewed as being open and generous towards foreign visitors. His family blames the immigration offices, as Henryk has a biometric passport that enables a foreign visitor to stay up to 6 months without a visitor’s visa; therefore, they believe he shouldn’t have been detained at all. On top of all this, his sister had to post a $5,000 bond to the immigrations office, and pay for a $366 flight from Toronto to Winnipeg, where Henryk was originally supposed to land. Connecting the Personal Trouble to a Public Issue

The personal issue at hand here is that Henryk was unrightfully detained at immigrations when coming to visit his family. This can easily be seen as a greater public issue, as this type of thing most likely happens quite often to foreign visitors that visit Canada. The trouble may be that the immigrations officers are not suited to deal with visitors that cannot speak English fluently, and should consider hiring translators that know a multitude of languages. Henryk most likely felt a bias against him as a Polish citizen, and may have felt that it is only because of his background that he was treated unfairly. However, I do not believe that it is...
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