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capacity to shift from one perspective to another; the capacity to range from the most impersonal and remote transformations to the most intimate features of the human self – and to see the relations between the two of them. (1959: 9) The theorist is of the view that social change is an inevitable phenomenon that takes place in all human societies of the globe at large from the most primitive to the most modern ones. This social change, according to the theorist, may be the outcome of some immediate incident or catastrophe as well as the historical background of the society where the change is going to come about. Such transformation can alter the entire social environment including the prevailing social norms and traditions existing within a social set up. Mills believed that the persons need to have an understanding of the history of their society to understand the society, and themselves in it, and through this determine what their moral values are. (Quoted in members.ozemail.com.au) Hence, the latest or upcoming change can be estimated by looking into the traits and characteristics of transformations took place in the society in past.
Since social change is inevitable in every culture and civilization and has been in vogue for centuries everywhere in the world, it vehemently revolutionizes professional, domestic, cultural and religious milieu. Though the pace, causes and consequences of such cultural transformations may be divergent in nature, scope and exposure, yet these are sure to pave the way towards adaptation of new ways, style and approaches in their wake. It sometimes happens that one single event or incident may bring revolutionary changes in social establishment. For instance, wars and hostilities inflicted by the big powers upon the weak countries deteriorate the very foundations of the vanquished states; as the lust of the western countries to capture the wealth and territories of the financially rich but strategically weak countries of Asia
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Yet this imagining of the individual cannot stand because the society relies on the individual to shape it – “Neither the life of an individual nor the history of a society can be understood without understanding both” (Mills 1959). The problem, however, is that people do not often imagine the role they play in shaping and repeating the institutions of society – thus they may be victimized by society, and yet not necessarily take any kind of real active stand against the sociological factors that lead to that victimization.
It makes them feel privileged that they are a part of the societal manifestations that one very fondly needs to be within. It is because of this that the students believe that they should be provided with secondary school education so that their domains could be understood in a much better way than if they were not given a chance to acclimatize themselves.
The interaction between human life and social forces can be interpreted and evaluated using certain sociological concepts. The Sociological Imagination, one of the most known concepts of this kind, has been used as a theoretical framework for explaining the responses of individuals to their social environment but also the power of each social framework to affect the views of individuals in regard to their daily life.
The conclusion from this study states that individuals may utilize their sociological imagination to query largely conventional issues, for example, unemployment and its impact and, therefore, recognize personal experiences and public concerns as different notions of one component. It is evident that Mills believes both society and individuals have an impact on each other.
Of all the negative effects of war, loneliness is probably the most common. It can occur during any time of transition or disruption. Loneliness is a feeling of deprivation about one's existing social relations. But what makes people feel deprived According to some researchers loneliness is produced by a discrepancy between what we actually have and what we want.
Underlying this feeling of being trapped are the seemingly uncontrollable and continuous changes to society.
Almost 50 years has passed since Mills had prescribed solutions to these "traps" which he called sociological imagination. He strongly argued that the sociological imagination will free people from traps as it 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." However, the present day situation in the global community proves that the operation of sociological imagination was not able to lift the trap engulfing individuals.
Instead, the ostrich would not recognize an impending problem and tries to shun danger by refusing to see it.
It is axiomatic in behavior, bird or otherwise, that anything unknown inspires fear and confusion. Thus, people behave much like the ostriches in the face of life situations that seem hard to explain and cope with.
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