SUNY GENESEO - Sociology

Dr. F. Kurt Cylke, Jr.


B.A. Sociology Univeristy of Richmond -1985
M.A. Sociology Univeristy of Delaware - 1987
Ph.D. Sociology University of Delaware - 1991

My Courses are oriented towards helping
Sociology Majors develop their
Sociological Imagainations.

In 1959 C. W. Mills defined the sociological imagination as "…a quality of mind that will help them to use information and to develop reason in order to achieve lucid summations of what is going on in the world and of what may be happening within themselves. It is this quality, I am going to contend, that journalists and scholars, artists and publics, scientists and editors are coming to expect of what may be called the sociological imagination. Perhaps the most fruitful distinction with which the sociological imagination works is between 'the personal troubles of milieu' and 'the public issues of social structure… Know that many personal troubles cannot be solved merely as troubles, but must be understood in terms of public issues- and in terms of the problems of history-making. Know that the human meaning of public issues must be revealed by relating them to personal troubles- and to the problems of the individual life. Know that the problems of social science, when adequately formulated, must include both troubles and issues, both biography and history, and the range of their intricate relations. Within that range the life of the individual and the making of societies occur; and within that range the sociological imagination has its chance to make a difference in the quality of human life in our time. " (Mills, 1959:5)




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