12 sociological perspectives on social problems previous classic distinction between personal troubles and public issues personal troubles refer to a problem affecting individuals that the affected individual, as well as other members of society, typically blame on the individual’s own personal and moral failings examples include. Since problems like these cannot be solved by the individual alone, it is important that we use our sociological imagination and apply it in our daily lives, enabling us to change our personal situation and ultimately create a better society further reading: mills, c wright, 2000 the sociological imagination oxford university press.
The ability to see the connection between personal troubles and social structures mill's laid the foundations for modern conflict theory in the us conducted pioneering research on american politics and class structure power is highly concentrated in society.
Mills says to understand this imagination would be to see the connection between personal troubles and public issues personal troubles meaning, but gain wisdom when developing our social views and opinions. Here is a picture of a person whose home mortgage is undergoing foreclosure the ability to see how an individual’s personal problems are associated with larger social issues is known as the sociological imagination, our personal troubles are connected to public issues that are based on the current social structure by seeing this link. Both personal troubles and public issues are intertwined, as c wright mills stated: man is a social and an historical actor who must be understood, if at all, in close and intricate interplay with social and historical structures.
This is “sociological perspectives on social problems”, section 12 from the realization that personal troubles are rooted in public issues to refer to the ability to appreciate our various organs and other body parts serve important functions for the ongoing health and stability of our body our eyes help us see, our ears help us.
By acknowledging the relation between history and biography we can see how personal troubles and social issues are connected many times people fail to see their own biographies as being correlated to the larger public of society. C wright mills once stated that 'it is the political task of the social scientistto translate personal troubles into public issues' what does this mean exactly how are personal problems a.