Sociological imagination, defined by the textbook, is “understanding human behavior by placing it within its broader social context” (p. 3). As defined in class, it is “the ability to use our private experiences and personal problems as a reflection of the society in which we live.” Basically, sociological imagination is the term used to define how an accumulation of certain experiences and problems views society. In relation to sociological imagination are the “big three” theoretical perspectives which are known as functionalism, conflict theory, and symbolic interactionism. These are known as the “big three” because they are the three main theoretical perspectives that sociologists like to focus upon.
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