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    Sociological imagination

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    According to sociologist, C. Wright Mills, people often believe that their private lives can only be explained in terms of their personal successes and failures. They fail to see the links between their own individual lives and the society around them.

    The process of interpreting your individual life in the context of your community or the society in which you live is called sociological imagination.

    Choose ONE of the following issues:
    Being a homeless person and the broader issue of poverty in society
    Being unemployed and the impact of unemployment as a broad issue
    Being an unmarried pregnant teenager and the impact that unmarried teen pregnancy has on society
    Being an alcoholic or drug addict and the broader impact of alcoholism/drug addiction on society
    Use your sociological imagination to discuss the connection between individual experiences and the social impact of the issue you chose.

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    Being an alcoholic or drug addict and the broader impact of alcoholism/drug addiction on society:

    Being an alcoholic has harmful effects but on the other hand alcoholism has a broader impact on the society. From the perspective of an individual, being an alcoholic has effects that are harmful to the mind and body. There is a mild euphoria and behavior is impaired. In addition, judgment, memory, and concentration are adversely affected. Being an alcoholic means the nerve cells are depress, there can be respiratory failure, and even death. An individual is a part of the society. When the person becomes an alcoholic, directly the society loses because of individual impairment, health risk, and damage. There are serious consequences on the society. Some of the impacts may be intended others unintended. Alcoholism reduces the productivity of the individual, reduces his contribution to the society, and increases the chances of crime being ...

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