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Use your Sociological Imagination to discuss the unbreakable connection between individual experiences and the social impact of the following issue:

1. Issue: Being unemployed and the impact of unemployment as a broad issue.

2. Be sure to incorporate the concept and meaning of the "sociological imagination" with the topic you are discussing. Please remember this is not a personal diary or a reflection of your personal experiences but must reflect sociological concepts and ideas.

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Your tentative outline might look something to the effect...

I. Introduction
II. Sociological Imagination
a. Definition
b. Unbreakable connection between being unemployed and the social impact of unemployment as a broad issue.
III. Conclusion

Now, let's look at some information to consider for the above tentative outline, to draw on for your final copy.

Sociological imagination is a sociological term coined by American sociologist C. Wright Mills in 1959 describing the ability to connect seemingly impersonal and remote historical forces to the most basic incidents of an individual's life. It suggests that people look at their own personal problems as social issues and, in general, try to connect their own individual experiences with the workings of society. The sociological imagination enables people to distinguish between personal troubles and public issues. For example, people in poverty by this perspective might stop to consider that they are not alone, and rather than blaming themselves should criticize the social forces that directed them into their present condition (Sociological imagination).

Similarly, there is an unbreakable connection between being unemployed and the social impact of unemployment as a broad issue. For example, people who are unemployed by this perspective might stop to consider that they too are not alone, and rather than blaming themselves should criticize the social forces that directed them into their present condition. Being unemployed, in economics, is one who is willing and able to work for pay yet is unable to find employment. The unemployment rate, then, is the number of unemployed workers divided by the total civilian labour force, which includes all those willing and able to work for pay - both unemployed and employed (Unemployment). The tension lies between the stresses of being employed and ...

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Provides assistance using the Sociological Imagination to discuss the unbreakable connection between individual experiences and the social impact of the following issue: being unemployed and the impact of unemployment as a broad issue. It also includes an article on the causes of unemployment.

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