Why Study Sociology?

Sociology is the study of the interactions of human beings and the social structures we create. A basic premise of sociology is that social behaviour cannot be fully understood simply by studying the individuals involved. Instead, it requires attention to the wider social contexts in which those individuals are located. This premise is tied to what C. Wright Mills referred to as the “sociological imagination,” a quality of mind that enables us to grasp biography and history and the relations between the two. Mills saw the promise of sociology in its ability to make the connections between the private troubles of individuals and public or social issues. The sociological imagination, therefore, enables insights into not only the social world around us, but our own lives as well.