Length: 1200-1800 words
HOW TO WRITE YOUR PAPER
Neither the life of an individual nor the history of a society can be understood without understanding both…. No social study that does not come back to the problems of biography, of history and of their intersections within a society has completed its intellectual journey…. The sociological imagination enables us to grasp history and biography and the relations between the two in society…. For that imagination is the capacity to shift from one perspective to another” from the political to the psychological; from examination of a single family to comparative assessments of the national budgets of the world; from the theological school to the military establishment; from considerations of an oil industry to studies of contemporary poetry. It is the capacity to range from the most impersonal and remote transformations to the most intimate features of the human self” and to see the relations between the two. — C. Wright Mills.
Write an autobiographical essay describing the intersection between your biography and history using your sociological imagination as discussed in C. Wright Mills essay The Promise (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. (see ch.1 of the textbook for reference to Mills essay). What sociological factors have shaped your life so far? Your goal is to demonstrate your sociological understanding and learn more about course concepts, and about yourself, by thinking about how the two intertwine. The key to showing a sociological understanding is to connect your personal experiences, behaviors, and attitudes to the larger social structure. For example, think about your cultural background, socialization, race, ethnicity, class, gender or sexual orientation. How have any of these factors or the intersection of any of them given you advantages or disadvantages throughout life? What factors have shaped your parents lives, and how have those impacted your life? Make sure to use sociological concepts and theories throughout your paper, and underline or highlight them.