Sociology Annotated Bibliography
  1. Andersen, Margaret L., and Howard Francis Taylor. Sociology: understanding a diverse society. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth/Thomson Learning, 2008.

In this book, Taylor and Andersen attempt to explain various phenomena in the social system from a multidimensional perspective. This paradigm shift focuses on the structural interconnection between personal problems and the larger societal structures. The book refers to the works of C. Wright Mills and outlines the assumptions of his conceptualization of the sociological imagination. Of particular importance here is how the authors ably espouse the interwoven and interconnected nature of personal problems and the structural forces in the society. The authors accurately illustrate how social phenomena can be comprehensively understood by focusing on the historical, cultural and generally the structural forces in operation.

  1. Mills, Charles Wright. The sociological imagination.New York: Oxford University Press, 2000.

In this book, C. Wright Mills fully develops his concept of the sociological imagination and ably presents its assumptions. The book focuses on the need for the social scientists to focus on the broader understanding of the causes and implications of social phenomena in the life of an individual. Understanding of sociological phenomena, as Mills contends, must be founded on a deliberate understanding of the relationship between the personal problems and the social issues of the larger social system. In this book, Mills, therefore, explains detailed and in-depth understanding and assumptions of the concept of the Sociological Imagination. In this work, Mills concludes by challenging the unidirectional approach of most social scientists in their study of social phenomena.

  1. Ritzer, George. The concise encyclopedia of sociology. Chicester: Wiley-Black-well, 2011.

In this book, George Ritzer underscores the fact that unemployment is a social phenomenon that is closely interwoven with the social structures of the society. For example, Ritzer contends in this work that unequal educational opportunities may be responsible for the relative lack of active women participation in the labor force. Understanding the causes of unemployment, thus, requires sociological imagination. The author applies the ideas of Charles Wright Mills and uses unemployment as a social phenomenon to illustrate the interconnection between personal troubles with the cultural, political or economic structures of the society. The author, therefore, simply builds on Mills concept of the Sociological Imagination and uses unemployment to make the concept more relevant and clear. 

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