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February 16, 2008 / studyingsociology

Mills, explained and put into context

In Introduction to Sociology we learn that Mills challenged Sociologists to rethink the way in which they used and created theory.  His intellectual reorganization of the the field was important because it gave us all a way to see how to use theory and how theories fit together; but most importantly he showed us how to the skills of sociological inquiry can help us understand our own lives in the context of the lives of billions of other people and the events of the world at large. 

Jim Kemeny offers a very clear explanation of the of the importance and message in Mill’s “The Sociological Imagination” in this essay.

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