This is a classical reading in sociology. Written in 1959, it was among the first to articulate the concept of sociological imagination and its usefulness for understanding social problems. Read this article carefully. Here are some questions that you may consider and comment on in addition to the ones you might have.
What is “the promise” that Mills argues for?
What is the distinction between “troubles” and “issues”? According to your understanding of the article, do individuals experience more troubles or more issues?
Can you think of any contemporary instances where we might benefit from the reliance on the sociological imagination?
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