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Initial Post Instructions Sociologist C. Wright Mills preferred to call the sociological perspective the sociological imagination, and he saw it transforming personal troubles into public issues. Let us begin our discussion this week by considering suicide, which is thoroughly explored in Chapter 1 of the textbook. Culture and Society

For the initial post, address the following:

How does the sociological imagination help to examine private acts such as suicide within a larger societal context? What are some examples of social forces influencing youth suicide trends in the United States, suicide trends in India, and suicide trends in the U.S. military? Use the sociological imagination to explain your observations, and how the sociological imagination helps us consider the causes and possible solutions to suicide.

Follow-Up Post Instructions Respond to at least two peers or one peer and the instructor. Further the dialogue by providing more information and clarification and/or include perspectives from outside scholarly sources shared in the discussion forum by classmates and/or the instructor. Culture and Society

Writing Requirements

Minimum of 3 posts (1 initial & 2 follow-up) APA format for in-text citations and list of references Include citations from at least the assigned textbook/lesson reading and one additional outside scholarly source to support your response.

Grading This activity will be graded using the Discussion Grading Rubric. Please review the following link:

Link (webpage): Discussion Guidelines Culture and Society

Course Outcomes (CO): 1, 2

Due Date for Initial Post: By 11:59 p.m. MT on Wednesday Due Date for Follow-Up Posts: By 11:59 p.m. MT on Sunday


Kendall, D. (2018). Sociology in our times: The essentials (11 ed). Boston: Cengage Learning.

Sheila Farr (Instructor) Aug 25, 2019 Culture and Society

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Hello Students,

As you begin to analyze “the sociological imagination, I encourage you to ask yourself the following question: “How can you analyze other situations, not just suicide as you will do in this question using what you have learned about the sociological imagination.” It may be helpful if you have this question in the back of your mind as you are addressing the various parts of this discussion question. I think this discussion will be a lively one! Culture and Society

This discussion covers the following outcomes: (CO #1 ) (PO #1 & #3) as outlined in your syllabus. he-sociological-imagination-thinking-outside-the- box/


Sheila Farr

Sameera Farhood Thursday

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Suicide is more than a private act amongst oneself. The sociological imagination helps us place seemingly personal troubles, such as loosing one’s job or feeling like committing suicide, into a larger social context, where we can distinguish whether and how personal troubles may be related to public issues (Kendall, 2018). It helps us take personal troubles, that are happening worldwide, and make them into public issues. For example, in New Delhi, India, a new economic boom has increased suicide rates in the 15-29 age category, especially high among those living in the wealthier areas. Many people would read about an economic boom and automatically think about how the civilians living in that area must be living a “good” life, when in reality, it is causing a major public issue behind the scenes. The result? Intensified job anxiety, higher expectations, and more pressure for individual achievement (Kendall, 2018). The sociological imagination is the reason today that we are able to take personal troubles, such as suicide, and link them to many different public issues, figuring out what the cause is. It has helped us focus more on the social problems causing individuals to act out rather than blaming individuals for creating their own problems, making them act in such ways. Many sociologists have also used the sociological imagination in a way to explore the relationship between suicide and today’s society, creating theoretical perspectives. Culture and Society One perspective that was applied to suicide is the Symbolic Interactionist Perspective which focuses on studying at a micro level, analyzing people’s face-face interactions and the roles they play in society. From this point of view, a suicide attempt may be a way of garnering attention-a call for help- rather than ending ones life (Kendall 2018). Social forces influencing youth suicide trends starts with what one see’s, hears about or is exposed to. About a third of respondents reported hearing about cutting from an outside source, such as books, magazines, TV, or friends. In some instances, it was picked up from friends who were engaged in the practice. These findings suggest that some self-injurers do in fact learn the practice from others ( Taylor & Ibañez 2015). In today’s society I have observed many different things when referring to suicide. I believe that there are still problems with people blaming an individual instead of trying to solve the issue, whether it is personal or public; I have also seen many areas, globally, attempt to reach out and help suicidal people, making them feel like they have another option, another reason to continue living. Overall, the sociological imagination has helped us look deeper into the causes of suicide, analyzing the individual at a micro and macro-level, which has helped us realize the private issue is more of a public issue in todays society. Culture and Society

Taylor, J., & Ibañez, L. (2015). Sociological approaches to self-injury. Sociology Compass, 9(12), 1005-1014. doi:10.1111/soc4.12327

Kendall, D. (2018). Sociology in our times: The essentials (11 ed). Boston: Cengage Learningth

Amber Britt Yesterday

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Hello, Sameera! I loved your interpretation of C. Wright Mills sociological perspective. I also agree that a problem often seen is blaming. I’d personally have to say blaming is another form of and/or can lead to shaming which is a big concern for me. An approach I’ve recently learned about that can help minimize such acts are social support as introduced in the functional perspective of sociological imagination! Like any plan, it could be disrupted, leading to a disorderly system, so I encourage anyone dealing with their own “private affairs or distresses” to continue to seek help and guidance and to be reminded that their problem is not being faced by only them but others too (global interdepence—a relationship in which the lives of all people are closely intertwined and any one nation’s problems are part of a larger global problem). Culture and Society

Eric Devich Yesterday

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Sameera, I agree that personal troubles refer to the problems affecting the individuals, that the affecting individual, including other members of the society, typically will blame on the individuals own personal and moral failings. As you have said, blaming is a form of rejection that society uses to reject a person who made mistakes or failed at something. Instead society should do everything to still accept that person and help pick them back up. Just like Amber said in her reply, there are many things in society that will help an individual. Social Support definitely is a big one. Social issues are the main reasons why individuals commit suicide. When society makes you feel like you belong, you get a since of being wanted. This in turn gives that individual a since of purpose. Appraisal support is another key concept that should be followed. Having another person to get reasonable advice from to help in a certain situation is very beneficial. I agree that the Social Imagination helps us to get a bigger picture of what may cause suicide and being able to look at the smaller details, which help us to realize that an individual issue is more of a public issue Culture and Society.

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