C. Wright Mills: Personal Problems and Public Issues
At the beginning, we need to understand the meaning of ‘personal troubles’ and ‘public issues’, the difference between it and try not to get confused. The "personal troubles of milieu", are the problems experienced by the individual, which occur in his daily life. It has to do with 'an individual's character and with those limited areas of social life of which he is directly and personally aware'(Mills, 1959, p.4). Because these situations are caused by individual factors, it can just be solved with the desire of individual to change. However, talking about ‘public issues’, it is usually caused by the structure of society or the failure of one or more of society's institutions. Generally, an issue is a public matter and a trouble is a private matter.
C. Wright Mills thought that the individual needs to understand the history of his society to understand the society, and himself in it. Associating ‘personal troubles’ and ‘public issues’ the individual will see that 'others also share these troubles, and that the solution is not to struggle individually, but to join forces with those who also share his experiences' (Mills, 1959, p.8). With
References: 1.Kathryn Mills with Patricia Mills, editors, "C. Wright Mills: Letters and Autobiographical Writings,", (2000), first chapter. 2.C Wright Mills, (1959), "The Sociological Imagination", first and last chapters. 3.Sal Restivo" The Sociological Worldview" (1991) , first chapter.4. http://www.cwrightmills.org/ - 16:0516/10/2012 5.http://www.bernardinai.lt/straipsnis/2012-01-09-statistikos-departamentas-lietuvos-gyventoju-sumazejo-taciau-padidejo-sugrizusiu-emigrantu-skaicius/75055 18:15 16/10/2012