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According to C Wright Mills what occurs in any one individuals life is interrelated with society as a whole The sociological imagination gives us the ability to understand the correlation of ones biography history and traditions along with the knowledge of the social and historical impact andor influence society may have on that person or group of people Mills notion compels us to investigate into an individuals biography and lifestyles and place their findings within the surrounding circumstances in which events occur in order to perceive the whole picture of the society in which the individual lives Mills says to understand this imagination would be to see the connection between personal troubles and public issues Personal troubles meaning problems that are felt personally which are caused by occurrences or feelings in an individuals life and public issues meaning issues that affect a group or mass of people with their roots interwoven within an organization or institution and history of a society A person can become homeless for many reasons a family member throws them out of their home because they do not contribute financially or they become incapable of caring for themselves due to mental illness or they become addicted to drugs and lose their home trying to support their habit These are a few examples of personal troubles which most would think are brought about by the individual alone and therefore can be solved by them But when using sociological imagination one can see that homelessness is also a social problem Unemployment rates are high and public assistances rates being low could leave a person unable to sufficiently contribute financially therefore being forced to leave their home or there are cutbacks in funds for housing the closing of hospitals for the mentally ill or possibly todays fast paced living working long hours and in some cases still only making ends meet bringing about depression weariness and hopelessness - or perhaps acceptable social mores
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