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Why You Should Use Your (Sociological) Imagination | Pawan Dhingra | Talks at Harvard College


Why You Should Use Your (Sociological) Imagination | Pawan Dhingra | Talks at Harvard College

Pawan Dhingra is Professor of American Studies and Contributing Faculty in Anthropology/Sociology at Amherst College. He is Former Curator and Senior Advisor to the historic Smithsonian Institution’s Beyond Bollywood project. He and his work have been profiled on numerous media and public outlets, including the White House forum on AAPI heritage, National Public Radio, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, Colorlines, Times of India, and many more. He has written and spoken on various aspects of the immigrant experience. This includes the award-winning Life Behind the Lobby: Indian American Motel Owners and the American Dream(Stanford University Press, 2012) and the award-winning Managing Multicultural Lives: Asian American Professionals and the Challenge of Multiple Identities (Stanford University Press, 2007). He co-authored, Asian America: Sociological and Interdisciplinary Perspectives (Polity Press 2014). In addition to writing op-eds and award-winning articles, he also appears in the documentary on Indian American spelling bee kids, Breaking the Bee. He has been President of the Board of the South Asian American Digital Archive. He has been department chair and held tenured positions at Tufts University and Oberlin College. He is @phdhingra1

“The Sociological Imagination” and its Relevance Today

Presented by Professor Derek McGhee.

The American sociologist C.Wright Mills published his book “The Sociological Imagination” in 1959. I first read this book as an undergraduate student in the early 1990s. “The Sociological Imagination” is a deceptively simple, yet complex little book. I can trace back the influence of this book throughout all of my research. The aspects of the book that I consider to be the most influential, and hence enduring, is Mills’ insistence that in order to understand the relationship between what he calls ‘personal troubles’ and ‘public issues’, sociologists must examine the interplay between: biography, history and society. Mills describes the late 1950s in America as ‘a time of uneasiness and indifference’ and that the foremost political and intellectual task of sociologists (and what he calls other ‘cultural workmen’ including natural scientists, artists and the members of the ‘intellectual community’ in general) is to make clear and understandable the elements of contemporary uneasiness and indifference.

Mills describes the social scientists as becoming the common denominator of his ‘cultural period’ and the Sociological Imagination as their ‘most needed quality of mind’. In this lecture, I will explore the relevance of “The Sociological Imagination” on my research and also explore its relevance beyond sociology and social sciences in our contemporary multidisciplinary research milieu.

Sociological Imagination

This video is about C. Wright Mills' concept of the Sociological Imagination for an Introduction to Sociology Course.

What is the Sociological Imagination?

In this video we go over C. Wright Mills' concept of the sociological imagination, explain what it was developed in response to, and look at how we can utilize the sociological imagination in our everyday lives by looking at it through a concrete example.

Lecture, Narrated PowerPoint on the Sociological Imagination

This lecture covers key passages in Chapter One of C.Wright Mills' book, The Sociological Imagination. These are key points students in SOC 1005 should know for the exam.

Introduction to Sociology - The Sociological Imagination - Part 1

The Sociological Imagination: Who We Are and How We Got Here - Part 1--This course provides a sampling of problems and methods used by sociologists, with
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C. Wright Mills The Sociological Imagination

Improved video quality from the original video of same name on my channel.

Mills explores why theory is important to our understanding of society. He explains the concept of the Sociological Imagination-- his idea that sociologists needed to be critical and skeptical of the bureaucratization of sociological research. He sets forth a sense of what it means to be an intellectual scientist.

Chapter 1: The Sociological Imagination - An Introduction

Chapter 1, The Sociological Imagination - An Introduction, from Conley's You May Ask Yourself (6th Ed.)

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Why are you in college? Did the people around you, including friends and family, expect you to go to college? Do you think this is the same for everyone? Why or why not?

What is Emotional Intelligence?

Many of humanity’s greatest problems stem not from a shortfall of technical or financial intelligence, but what we term emotional intelligence. It is through the acquisition of Emotional Intelligence that we stand to become better lovers, workers, friends and citizens. We are rarely systematically taught Emotional Intelligence and pay a heavy price for this gap in learning. The School of Life is dedicated to fostering Emotional Intelligence.
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What is the Sociological Imagination?

University of Auckland sociology students describe C. Wright Mills's sociological imagination.

Sociological Imagination Paper, SOCI 101

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The Sociological Imagination - Private Troubles, Public Issues

This video lecture examines the idea of the sociological imagination being about seeing the relationship between private troubles and public issues, as argued by the famous American sociologist, C. Wright Mills.

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Make Body Language Your Superpower

Body language, both the speaker's and the audience's, is a powerful form of communication that is difficult to master, especially if the speaker is nervous. This video will teach you how to use your body language effectively, read the audience's body language and what to do when they look bored or disconnected. Use these tools to enhance your nonverbal communication abilities and better connect with your audiences.
Presented by Stanford graduate students Matt Levy, Colin Bailie, Jeong Joon Ha, and Jennifer Rosenfeld. Created as an exemplary final project in Lecturer JD Schramm's Strategic Communication course. Learn more about communication techniques and best practices on Think Fast, Talk Smart: The Podcast.

Sociological Imagination

This spoken-word poem uses various sociological terms while talking about myself (Dr. Bruce Hoskins) as a community college professor. I have struggled lately with the idea that I have not been effective as a teacher and how I want to be a better me in the future.

Why you should use your Imagination and Daydream

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In this episode, I discuss why Imagination is important. Why you should use it and I also bring up daydreaming.

New Faculty on the Block: Pawan Dhingra

One of the latest additions to the Sociology Department, Professor Pawan Dhingra brings to campus an expertise in Immigrant Adaptation, Asian American, Social/Cultural Inequalities, Race and Ethnic Relations.

He can be found teaching Intro to Sociology this semester and next, and will be introducing a new Capstone course in the spring: Culture and Inequality. Although he's most focused in Sociology himself, Dhingra advises students to major in what you like.

If you get the chance, go see our new faculty member to discuss his latest book, Life Behind the Lobby, or how ketchup consumption represents the racial playing field.

The Sociological Imagination and Perspective

A tutorial the guides through the basics of understanding from a sociological point of view why people do what they do.

Sociological autobiography assignment (1/2)

This video is about the Sociological autobiography assignment that I assign in my various sociology classes. In this first part, I overview the content I would like students to write. In the second video, I overview the technical aspects of setting up the blog. See the next video for how to write the page with this information:



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