How were the components of the sociological perspective defined by C. Wright Mills?

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C. Wright Mills referred to his sociological perspective as the "sociological imagination." His perspective involved seeing one's life not only as an individual but also as the product of larger societal forces; it involved breaking away from one's individual lens and seeing the world in new ways.

Mills suggested that people's individual experiences are affected by the structures of society. For example, one's experiences as a woman might be affected by the larger realities of how women are treated in society and of the history of women in our society. One's outcomes are affected by one's historical context and history. We are not only individual actors but also actors in a larger societal frame in which history and tradition can affect us. He believed that sociologists have a role to play in making individuals's issues larger societal or public issues. In other words, if people are...

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