The Sociological Imagination

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The Sociological Imagination The human attitudes have always been a curiosity that captivated most of the great social theorists like Karl Marx, Engels and Durkheim. One of the most unhumble attitude of the humanity was Racism and stereotyping. The racial issue even in the 21st century continue to be a subject that still is present and significant even though we tend to say that racism and other forms of discrimination are prohibited by law and illegal still even in the US the country of all freedoms people face everyday racism, discrimination and humiliation The Sociological imagination, a concept brought by C. Wright Mills basically states that a person lives out a biography and lives it out with some historical sequence. That means that everyone lives his personal life and personal experience but at the same time he contributes to change the history or to affect the society and that creates the historical sequence. From here we are going to try to analyze the race issues thru Mills concept "the Sociological Imagination" that according Lemert from his "Social Theory": 'The sociological imagination enables its possessor to understand the larger historical scene in terms of its meaning for the inner life and the external career of a variety of individuals'. Employing the sociological imagination help us better understand human social behavior. In fact according to Mils's ideas a man's behavior in life which is considered his 'biography' is conditioned or embodied in a context called 'History'. Both of these concepts illustrate how a person can live his life (biography) But "...contributes, however minutely, to the shaping of his society and its history…" (Mills) Being from Tunisia an ... ... middle of paper ... ...all these extremists are bringing to us as prejudgment and profiling. But it doesn't depend on my decision to change this ideology, as it is not in anyone's decision to change stereotyping in a society that is full of difference and that manhood created this fear of the different and the unknown. All these events are in fact a part of the history. Every man is born in a context were some things affect the course of his life, the way he is seen by other people neither accepted or discriminated and as he lives he contributes to change these profiles or to enhance them. But in both ways he contributed to a shape a history that will be an example for the next generations to come to understand the world and it's beliefs and the ideology that governed our lives. This was a form a slavery because the salaries were really low and of course there were no security or

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