Rebecca Hall December 9th, 2017 The Sociological Imagination Sociological Imagination By C. Wright Mill’s definition, the Sociological Imagination is the vivid awareness of the relationship between personal experience and the wider society. This practice is held by being able to think to ourselves away from the routines in our daily lives in order to take a look at our lives with fresh and critical eyes. The Sociological imagination is all about the “individual” and “society”. This class has taught me that everything that happens in our society today is what makes it it’s future. The social groups that gather to create protests and movements all one by one create our future society one day at a time. Through assignments, writing a few essays, class discussions, and truly trying to connect Sociology to my current day-to-day life, I have opened my mind to the possibilities that our society could become. Sociology doesn’t just focus on our current and existing patterns of society, it also focuses on how to help us see possibilities of our societal future and what could become if we make it that way. The sociological imagination can be applied to any behavior, event, or issue such as, drinking coffee. There are really two sides to drinking coffee the symbolic day-to-day ritual of drinking coffee and drinking coffee as a drug for the caffeine. People normally say “oh, let’s meet up and have a cup of coffee” the act of doing this seems more important than actually drinking the coffee. It’s the importance of the social interaction involved with meeting up for coffee. The other side would be thinking of coffee as a drug containing caffeine. I know I love my cup of joe early in the morning to give my brain that extra boost to conquer the day and this is how it is for most coffee lovers. Where we live, people who are addicted to coffee are not considered drug users where as people who use marijuana are. There are many ways to look at the act/ social involvement of drinking coffee and how it is pertained to our current social levels. Overall, the sociological imagination is essentially thinking out side of the box to understand the forces of society and the personal stature of an individual. The sociological imagination can be applied to anything including but not limited to owning a pet, obesity, personal writing, and drinking coffee, job loss, and unemployment. What ever a person does isn’t just because of the one persons choice or personal preference there are social forces that apply to the individuals choice as well.