Developing a Sociological Imagination
Developing a sociological imagination. Task
Choose an image that represents an aspect of society that you are
interested in. Write a paragraph (300-400 words) explaining your
interest and how you connect the image to either historical, cultural,
structural or critical dimensions of sociological enquiry. Comment on
one image posted by your peers.
What you need to do:
1. Find an image it can be one you have found on the internet, one
you took yourself, something you found in a magazine, it can be an
infamous image or piece of art, an advertisement or graffiti.
2. Save the image electronically if from the internet, right click
on it and save as image. You can then save as a picture and
retrieve it easily. Make sure you save it with a name you remember.
3. Reference your image like this:
o Figure: Name of the picture. Where it was accessed from and the date
o Example 1 - Figure: Plato quote. AZQuotes.com Web site:
o Example 2 (from a freeware site) - Figure 1: Work Grafitti. Pixabay,
4. Paste your image into a word document. Then write a short discussion
(300-400 words) about the image in sociological terms this
discussion will be derived from the sociological imagination you
will choose to write about either (only pick one!) historical,
structural, cultural OR critical (see below for a full outline of these
components). You will be discussing what the image tells us about the
social world about social reality, social trends, conventions and
customs and/or about change, resistance and disruption.
5. Use a minimum of 1 source of scholarly literature your text book
is required reading for this task. You must also reference your image.
All references need to be in APA style.
Choose one of these: An image that portrays the historical (at least 50 years ago but it
can be much, much longer) what in the image is the same as it is
today? What is different? How did it change? What social forces or world
events created change? Are you pleased about the changes or not? Why? An image that portrays the cultural you can discuss any cultural
factors the development of, impacts, shared understanding or
richness of language, dress, ritual, values, ethnicity, attitudes,
consumption, food, leisure activities, holidays, or cultural behaviour.
How have people shaped this culture? How are they shaped by it? An image that portrays the structural you may address any major
or minor social institution and how society uses these, how they are
created by us, enable us, protect us, yet constrain us major social
institutions are: family, religion, government, the economic system, and
the legal system; minor institutions are: the education or health
system, the media, the military. An image that portrays the critical this is about how we can
improve the social world? Does the status quo need to be this way? What
are alternatives to the social world as it exists now? How does your
image portray people changing, or attempting to change, the world they
Assessment item 2
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