Sociology : Sociological Imagination

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Example Questions

Example Question #1 : Sociological Imagination

The concept known as the “sociological imagination” was coined by which of the following sociologists?

Possible Answers:

Erving Goffman

C. Wright Mills

Max Weber

Émile Durkheim

Karl Marx

Correct answer:

C. Wright Mills

Explanation:

The concept known as the "sociological imagination" was coined by C. Wright Mills. Mills described the sociological imagination as a hyperawareness of the relationship between one's personal experiences and society as a whole. This awareness promotes critical thinking and the identification of the sociological forces that effect social phenomena and situations. As a result, the sociological imagination promotes sociological thought and the application of sociological theory to everyday events. 

Example Question #2 : Sociological Imagination

The sociological imagination stresses that individuals should do which of the following?

Possible Answers:

Be able to imagine societies of the future

Have the ability to see themselves in a better society

Imagine ways to control the society around them

See yourself as others see you

See the connection between individual relationships/experiences and society

Correct answer:

See the connection between individual relationships/experiences and society

Explanation:

This term does not actually refer to using your imagination. This term does not relate imagining a society of the future or what societies that are wealthier their own are like. It refers to a persons rational ability that allows them to see how personal relationships fit into a bigger societal context. It also explains a persons ability to differentiate between a personal problems and societal problems. It does not ask people to see themselves as others do. The main emphasis is on understanding how your relationships fit into a societal structure.

Example Question #3 : Sociological Imagination

How individuals understand their and others' pasts in relation to both history and social structure is called __________.

Possible Answers:

social facts

figuration

none of the other answer choices

social imagination

social solidarity

Correct answer:

social imagination

Explanation:

Social imagination is how individual people understand their and others' pasts in relation to both history and social structure. Figuration is the simultaneous study of society and individuals. Social solidarity is any social ties that bind a group of people together. Social facts are the laws, moral values, religious beliefs, customs, fashions, rituals, and all of the cultural rules that govern social life and social interaction.

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