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Awakening the Sociological Imagination ...

Neither the life of an individual nor the history of a society can be understood without understanding both.
~ C. Wright Mills

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It's discussion time - let's get into groups ! In your group, share the responses you provided to the pre-reading exercise you did for homework. Share with your group. Class discussion.

How do YOU fit in society?

What societal groups do you belong to? Society is merely a collection of individuals. However each individual can fit into multiple groups and subgroups within each society. Take a few minutes and think about all the different groups you fit in. Think about at least 15 groups you could fit in or challenge yourself and think of more! (It's a lot easier than it seems at first)

Think about your:

  • Gender
  • Age
  • Organizations
  • Religious Affiliations
  • Music Preference
  • Schools
  • Blood Type
  • Sexual Orientation
  • Medical Conditions
  • Hobbies
  • Nationality

Find a partner and find out more about them. What groups do you have in common? What are some of the things that differ?

Pre-reading Exercise


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