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Different Times Different Lives The ability to grasp the relationship between our lives as individuals and the larger social forces that help to shape them Pg 6 Applebaum is the idea of the sociological imagination a term made popular by sociologist C Wright Mills Whether society knows it or not our lives arent always shaped by our own thoughts and emotions We dont have total control of our destinies During the twentieth century the world changed significantly through the Industrial Revolution war and The Great Depression We recovered and several decades later the technology boomed Lives were radically changed by societies changing face Today children grow up in a very different world than their mothers and fathers did and there is a dramatic difference between the world of the grandparents and my generation Times were different in the 1930s These were the childhood years of my grandmother It was The Depression Her family didnt have money though luckily her father did have a job The family consisted of my great grandparents and their two young daughters Naida the younger of the two is my grandmother They lived in Brooklyn New York among close relatives My grandmother did not move around the city very much She lived in the same house for many years World War II started and once again things were tough Years past and my grandmother met my grandfather They married in 1947 and continued to live in New York where they resided close to both sides of the family My grandmother graduated college with a degree in sociology with hopes to become a social worker But through the persuasion of her husband and parents she became a schoolteacher The slums of New York were no place for her to work Earlier during this century peoples actions were based on others opinion Nowadays it still is but if a young woman wanted to become a social worker then she could Girls are
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