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I have outlined a response for you. I have also provided three references. You might want to find some statistics on the increase in violence and domestic violence during the time of high unemployment in the last decade.

Being unemployed

Being unemployed can turn into a personal failure, especially if it is difficult to find new work. The unemployed is left to try to pay bills and support the family without the previous income, causing more frustration and feelings of failure. For example, I supported seven people by working three jobs. I was laid off from my day job working for a drafting company, my night job as a professor a month later, and was left with only a minimal income tutoring job. My regular employment opportunities were difficult if not impossible to replace in the economy of 2008-2009. I could no longer support all the people I had been supporting, including grandchildren. Because my husband was disabled, we had to apply for food stamps and ...

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An overview of sociological imagination used to find the links between the individual and society when faced with unemployment. References included.

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1).What does Mills mean by the "sociological imagination"?

A). Identify a private trouble or personal issue you are aware of, have experienced, or are experiencing. (For example, difficulty in getting a job, healthcare, childcare, divorce, rising cost of housing, rising cost of education.)

B). Discuss how the issue you identified above might actually be a larger public issue. Identify what the larger public issue might be.

C). Identify what some of the consequences or implications of this larger social issue might be for society. I.E. How will society be affected?

D). Using your sociological imagination give at least two ways of dealing with this issue at a macro level and two at the micro level. What is the difference in how one might deal with a problem if one views it from a micro perspective (personal trouble) v. a macro perspective (public issue)?

E). What prevents society from seeing this as a broader social issue?

2). Did you understand that Miner was describing the "American" ("Nacirema" spelled backwards)? Why do we not recognize this right away? What do we gain from being able to "step back" from our way of life as Miner has done? Think in terms of ethnocentrism. Identify the positive and negative aspects of ethnocentrism. How does sociology allow us to step back from our lives? What new insights do we get from being able to do this?

3). Discuss Emile Durkheim's investigation of suicide rates and how his research contributed to the development of theory. What is theory and why is it important? What did his research show us?

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