Developing a Sociological Imagination

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Developing a sociological imagination Due Date: 02-Dec-2018 Length: 300-400 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 or website. o Example 1 – Figure: Plato quote. Web site: o Example 2 (from a freeware site) – Figure 1: Work Grafitti. Pixabay, 2007. 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 live in?

The creation of Adam among all the breathtaking paintings that occupy all of the huge Sistine Complex Ceiling, it is without doubt the one that has most considerably made an impression on posterity. Even though the painting the Creation of Adam was done around 1511, it was in 1990 that a physician named Frank Meshberger publicized its existence when he wrote a paper that was featured in the Journal of the American Medical Association decoding the imagery by Michelangelo with the remarkable cognizance that the presentation in God Creating Adam was a precise anatomical exemplification of a person’s brain in transection.


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