Sociological Imagination


Even though there have been significant variations in the definitionand the understanding of social imagination. It is understood as theuse of personal perception in finding solutions regarding socialissues. In this case, an individual uses personal thought indeveloping imaginary solution to social problems before taking actionto solve the issues.

On the other hand, social imagination can be understood as theunderstanding that our activities significantly influence socialresults and vice versa. Our social activities such as culturalpractices, values, and norms significantly influence the socialoutcomes. On the other hand, as much as our activities result insocial outcomes, these social, outcomes also play a role in shapingour behavior (Fuller, 2006).

For example, how we behave, interact and relate with others andapproach our issues is likely to determine how we are likely toco-exist with others socially in the society. On the other hand, thesociety is also likely to determine how we relate, behave, andinteract with others through its norms, values, and practices. Thepersonal understanding of this relationship and our roles in therelationship is understood to be social imagination. It is theability of an individual to understand the interrelationship betweenthe individual and the society.

Social imagination can be understood as the individual’s abilityto change their perception over social, issues (Fuller, 2006). Thisis the ability of an individual to have rational thinking regardingsocial issues and being open-minded. It allows an individual notonly to address issues rationally but also to embrace socialtolerance. It is the individual’s ability to be able to think fromalternative point of view. For example, when an individual is facedwith asocial challenge, he or she should be able to think outside thebox and embrace any possible alternative that can solve thesituation.


Fuller, S. (2006). The new sociological imagination. London:SAGE