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Sociological imagination can be defined as that quality of mind essential to grasp the interplay of man and society of biography and history of self and world 9 Sociological imagination is central to the study of society because it allows many of the personal troubles of individuals to be understood and solved on a broader society-wide level I have written many papers for many teachers and taken many tests for teachers If I fail a test then it looks bad on me and my intelligence but if half the class fails the test then the teachers test making skills have to be looked at and possibly the failure of the test was because the teacher made a bad test or possibly the test was discriminating against the students race gender culture etcThree sociologists made a very strong impact on how we as a culture interpret society Karl Marx 1818-1883 was a German political philosopher and revolutionists cofounder with Friedrich Engels of scientific socialism modern communism and one of the most influential thinkers of all time Marx was also known for being a historian and an economist Marx inspired the modern conflict theory Marxs theory of class conflict 1 All social systems distribute scarce and valuable resources unequally2 The resulting inequalities and inequities create conflicts of interest among the various strata and classes in the system3 These conflict of interest result in the reorganization of social systems In the past new patterns of inequality always brought about further conflict and change4 In the long run these conflicts result in the reorganization of social systems In the past new patterns of inequality always brought about further conflict and changeMarx believes that society is and always has been fundamentally divided between two classes the one that controls the means of production and the one that does not Marx focused on the conflict struggle between the controlling class and the class that had no power To back up his
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