What advantages are there in looking at the world through the lens of the sociological imagination?

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The main advantage of having a sociological imagination is that you can see what's happening underneath the surface of reality. Sociology gives us an insight into the underlying structures of our day-to-day experience and how they impact on our lives.

Contrary to what many of us might think, we are not isolated individuals trapped in our own little worlds; we are connected to each other through highly complex networks based on class, race, and kin. It is these networks which, to a large extent, determine who and what we are and give our lives meaning. They also provide sociologists with the opportunity to conduct the kind of in-depth empirical research that provides us with a greater understanding of how we are all connected....

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