Sociological Imagination Research Essay

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In the paper you will exercise your sociological imagination to take a look at some of the sociological forces that are at work in shaping your unfolding biography and how they might affect the outcomes you will experience in your life. C. Wright Mills defined sociological imagination as "the vivid awareness of the relationship between personal experience and the wider society". Having a vivid sociological imagination means understanding that much of our experience is shaped by sociological forces beyond our control. Time and place of our birth, our birth date and birth year, age, gender, ethnicity, nationality, the type of family we are born into, social class, birth order, generation and generation size, cultural inheritances, family inheritances, and the timing of our own personal biography with much larger historical events and processesall help determine the outcomes we experience in life and whether we succeed or fail. While none of these factors alone will determine your destiny, they will interact with your personal beliefs, actions and the choices you make in your life to create a unique human experience. Like a strong current in a river they will influence the ultimate direction your life takes.

In the paper you will discuss how each of the above variables has influenced your own particular life. You will also discuss the advantages and disadvantages of each particular variable. For example, what are the advantages and disadvantages of being born in your particular birth year (1994)? Is college more expensive for your generation than past generations? Are there any advantages to being an immigrant to the United States? What are the disadvantages? How is being a white male advantageous in early 21stcentury America? How is it disadvantageous? What are the advantages of being eighteen in today’s world? What are the disadvantages? What kind of family do you come from- are there any family inheritances? Are you from a military family, an immigrant family, a musical family, a law enforcement family, an alcoholic family?(no) (I am from lower middle class family), but my mom side has 2 people that are immigrant. What are the advantages and disadvantages or each? What are the advantages of being an American in the early 21stcentury? What are the disadvantages? What cultural inheritances do you have? What are the pluses and minuses of each? Do this for as many variables as you can. You can also add to the list if you discover some that are not listed.

You will likely need to do some research to complete the assignment. Find out what generation you are and read about its characteristics. Research your birth year (1994). Was it a large birth year or a small birth year? Include your sources on the works cited page. Try to have fun with the assignment. Building your sociological imagination will help you achieve your life’s goals. Like a swimmer who swims with the current, it can lead you to more effective choices, and make you a more aware and compassionate member of society.

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Sociology Paper Assignment Please make careful note of the instructions. Points will be deducted if you do not follow the instructions exactly, so follow the format as closely as possible. The paper is due on the last day of class before the final. Papers will be accepted up to the day of the final, but with a significant penalty assessed, so try to get your work in on time. The paper should be at least five pages in length, although you might need more space to do a really good job. The paper should be double spaced printed or typed, and have a cover sheet with your name, the class time and days of the week your course meets (i.e. 9:30MW), and the title of the paper. Font size should be 12-14 pts. The cover sheet does not count towards the page requirement. It is likely you will need to do some research so any sources should be referenced on a works cited page. This also does not count towards the length requirement. The paper should be stapled or paper clipped. There should be no binders or any other type of folder. Keep it simple. In the paper you will exercise your sociological imagination to take a look at some of the sociological forces that are at work in shaping your unfolding biography and how they might affect the outcomes you will experience in your life. C. Wright Mills defined sociological imagination as "the vivid awareness of the relationship between personal experience and the wider society". Having a vivid sociological imagination means understanding that much of our experience is shaped by sociological forces beyond our control. Time and place of our birth, our birth date and birth year, age, gender, ethnicity, nationality, the type of family we are born into, social class, birth order, generation and generation size, cultural inheritances, family inheritances, and the timing of our own personal biography with much larger historical events and processes all help determine the outcomes we experience in life and whether we succeed or fail. While none of these factors alone will determine your destiny, they will interact with your personal beliefs, actions and the choices you make in your life to create a unique human experience. Like a strong current in a river they will influence the ultimate direction your life takes. In the paper you will discuss how each of the above variables has influenced your own particular life. You will also discuss the advantages and disadvantages of each particular variable. For example, what are the advantages and disadvantages of being born in your particular birth year (1994)? Is college more expensive for your generation than past generations? Are there any advantages to being an immigrant to the United States? What are the disadvantages? How is being a white male advantageous in early 21st century America? How is it disadvantageous? What are the advantages of being eighteen in today’s world? What are the disadvantages? What kind of family do you come from- are there any family inheritances? Are you from a military family, an immigrant family, a musical family, a law enforcement family, an alcoholic family?(no) (I am from lower middle class family), but my mom side has 2 people that are immigrant. What are the advantages and disadvantages or each? What are the advantages of being an American in the early 21st century? What are the disadvantages? What cultural inheritances do you have? What are the pluses and minuses of each? Do this for as many variables as you can. You can also add to the list if you discover some that are not listed. You will likely need to do some research to complete the assignment. Find out what generation you are and read about its characteristics. Research your birth year (1994). Was it a large birth year or a small birth year? Include your sources on the works cited page. Try to have fun with the assignment. Building your sociological imagination will help you achieve your life’s goals. Like a swimmer who swims with the current, it can lead you to more effective choices, and make you a more aware and compassionate member of society. Note: I am Vietnamese, and I come from a family of five members. I am the youngest one, and I have 1 older brother and a twin sister. I came to the US for studying abroad. It has been 2 years since I came here. My sister and I live together, and my family pay for our tuition. ...
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According to Mills (2000), sociological imagination can be defined as "the
vivid awareness of the relationship between personal experience and the wider
society". According to him, he stresses that having a vivid sociological imagination
means understanding that much of our experience is shaped by sociological forces
beyond our control. These forces include things like time and place of our birth,
our birth date and birth year, age, gender, ethnicity, nationality, the type of family
we are born into, social class, birth order, generation and generation size, cultural
inheritances, family inheritances, and the timing of our own personal biography
with much larger historical events and processes. This paper, therefore, is going to
determine how all these sociological forces have impacted my personal life and
changed as well as shaped me to whom I have become today. It will also discuss
various advantages and disadvantages associated with each sociological factor.
First of all, I am Vietnamese. I come from a family of five members. I am
the youngest one, and I have one older brother and a twin sister. I came to the
United States for studying abroad. It has been two years since I came here. My
sister and I live together, and my family pay for our tuition.
I was born in the year 1994. My birthday year was a large birth year.
According to Seale (1994), the year 1994 was a common year starting on Saturday
of the Gregorian calendar, the 1994th year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno
Domini (AD) designations, and the 5th year of the 1990s decade. The year 1994

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was designated as the "International Year of the Family" and the "International
Year of Sport and the Olympic Ideal" by the United Nations” (p. 24). I was
natively born in Vietnam. This was the year, I could say technology had not
sprouted as much as we can see today. However, it was not as bad as compared to
the around three to five decades back. This was the time Le Duc Anh was the
president of Vietnam. Additionally, it was also during his reign when he passed
Education Law of June 1999. This was the year before my year of birth. In as far as
my education system is concerned, I could say that since I started studying as soon
as the Act was implemented, it was not an easy ride. The education system was
rough considering the change, but as soon as I hit my third to fifth grade, it was all
good. The transition had taken effect and education because smooth. In essence,
therefore, the transition of education being stiff and all, made me a stronger person.
I learned the hard way.
Additionally, as far as the cost of my education is concerned, according to
Johnson (2017), the education system under the reign of President Le Duc Anh
was not cheaper as compared to the years before. This is a disadvantage. However,
as compared to the recent past, say a decade ago, the education system in Vietnam
during my time was a lot cheaper. It was however hard for us to afford it but it was
a lot more fairly as opposed to today. This made me become a stronger person
psychologically. This is because, given the fact that I come from a middle-class

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income family, I could see my parents struggling a lot to pay my school fees and
those for my siblings. This made me become a resilient and hardworking person.
College during my time, which is now is cheaper as compared to the past. This due
to the fact that we are able to access student’s loan which was not available in the
past. However, those who did access them in the past only had a small amount and
could not pay a total amount of their college fee.
In addition to this, during my childhood, we were moving a lot since my dad
was changing jobs most of the time and this made me go to various schools, meet
new people and interact with other cultures. Because of this, I can say that this
made me become versatile and adaptive. I think it is part of the reason I have a
flexible personality and I can get along with anyone so easily despite their social or
financial backgrounds, or even their skin color. This is one of the major advantages
of my education life during my childhood. It made me gain a lot.
Furthermore, since there was no mobile phones, no internet, and no
smartphones during my time, I could study in peace without the side effects of
social media we are seeing today. This was an advantage. When I came to the
United States, I also did not experience any kind of racism nor discrimination
whatsoever since civil rights had already been granted to every US citizen. This is
also another advantage. In the past, during my time, even though not having
smartphones and the internet duri...

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