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Philosophy Sociology Psychology

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Cover……………………………………………….………………………..Page 1
Introduction…………………………………….…………………….…..Page3
Question 1) What is Sociological Imagination?...........Page4/5
Question 2) What do We mean when we say nobody
understands Insanity?.......................................................................Page6Conclusion/References……………………………………………..Page7







Introduction
In this assignment I will answer the Two questions given in class by the lecturer which are:
• What is Sociological Imagination? and
• What do we mean, when we say no one understands insanity?
I will use help from online sources and material given in class (slide about D.L. Rosenhan, 1973, on being sane in insaneplaces.) given by the lecturer to help me develop ideas and reach a good conclusion and understanding of the questions above. I will also analyse Sociological Imagination based on C. Wright Mills ideas, I will develop my own ideas on sociological imagination and also have a critical analysis on insanity and sanity, explaining why is difficult or almost impossible to differentiate the sane from theinsane. I will also relate inanity to Sociological imagination. This assignment contains references and aconclusion.


Question 1) What is Sociological Imagination?

Sociological imagination, is a neologism of sociology, analysed by the American social scientist C. Wright Mills in 1959, that seeks to describe the connection process between the person's individual experience with socialinstitutions under which they live, and their own place in the history of mankind. It is the ability to develop sociologists to analyze the connection of the everyday life of individuals with their social problems. It is an unusual kind of thought that establishes connections between broader individual and his society. To acquire this form of vision is necessary to analyze their society where they livein, an external way trying to reduce its own influence in the analysis since it is loaded with cultural values obtained throughout his life.
In an attempt to understand social behavior, sociologists are based on an unusual type of creative thinking. Sociological imagination is an awareness of the relationship between the individual and wider society. This awareness allows us all (not justsociologists) understand the links between our immediate social environment and personal impersonal social world that surrounds us and that helps to shape us.
A key element of the sociological imagination is the ability of a person to see their own society as an outsider would, instead of doing so only from the perspective of personal experiences and cultural prejudices. Take for example somethingvery simple sports. In Brazil, hundreds of thousands of people from ages spend some time of their lives, going weekly (weekends) to stadiums to cheer their football teams and spend thousands of money in bets. In Bali, Indonesia,a lot of spectators gather around a ring to bet on well-trained animals who participate in male chicken fighting other chickens. In both examples the spectators extol themerits of their favorites and bet on the best competition results that are considered normal in one part of the world, but little else in common.
The sociological imagination enables us to go beyond the personal experiences and observations to understand public issues, of greater magnitude.
Divorce, for example, is a personal fact unquestionably difficult for the husband and wife to separate.However, using the sociological imagination [allow the person to see] divorce not only as a personal problem of the individual, but society as a concern. Using this perspective, we note that an increase in the divorce rate actually re-define a fundamental institution - the family. Nursing homes today often include stepfathers, stepmothers and half-brothers whose parents divorced and remarried....
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