Sociological Imagination Concept Essay

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Sociological Imagination is the basis for this entire paper. In order to better understand the larger concept, it is needed to go in depth on the subject. There are two main parts that make up sociological imagination, agency and structure. Agency according to Chambliss and Eglitis is “the ability of individuals and groups to exercise free will and to make social changes on a small or large scale” (p. 7). Structure defined by Chambliss and Eglitis is “patterned social arrangements that have effects on agency” (p. 7). The relationship between structure and agency can be viewed with the example of a class structure. How it is composed of several social groups who hold varying amounts of resources, political powers, and statuses. The free will…show more content…
The structure of how the 1900s society was made up, it was out of the norm for a woman to do that, it was also taboo, and there were various legal constraints on her. Such like the ability for her to enter higher education was not allowed in that time frame. That is a prime example of how structure can affect the agency of a society. Thus the broader term of sociological imagination is brought up. Sociological imagination according to Chambliss and Eglitis is “the ability to grasp the relationship between individual lives and the larger social forces that help to shape them” (p. 5). What is appropriate in society can be altered in multiple ways, by what that social group does, the influence over others that it has, and what is deemed allowed. Another example of sociological imagination is a couple getting a divorce. The sole reasons are not just that the husband is focusing too much on his work and neglecting his family, nor is it that the wife feels like she is trapped in an unhappy marriage. There are many other larger forces that can be at play, than just incompatible…show more content…
With the first stage in my life when I first had to deal with multiple responsibilities as a freshman in high school. I look at what I had on my plate as far as tasks to do versus other teenageers at the time and I can make the following connections. At the time I feel as though my life would have been somewhere in the middle as far as busy schedule and lack of time. I was taking high school classes like every other teen would have taken. The high school I was attending was a private school, which means that not everyone that would have liked to attend could because of the costs. However I believe that the level of education that was provided at it was about the same as a public school. On top of that I was in extracurricular activities that not all kids would have to be in. However I did not have a job on top of that, which I remember some of my friends having at that time. At the time for my individual life I thought I was very busy, however looking back on my short life. I was not busy at all, and I had much free time available to do what I pleased. I think as far as social factors that played in that time frame of my life, it fit within society 's norms. The textbook Discover Sociology discusses how the agency and structure can be part of how life in controlled. I think this can be applied to

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