"Neither the life of an individual nor the history of a society can be understood without understanding both." ~ C.W. Mills [click on this image to find an excellent short video, which can be used to teach Mills' notion of the Sociological imagination]
"Good sociology is sociological work that produces meaningful descriptions of organizations and events, valid explanations of how they come about and persist, and realistic proposals for their improvement or removal." ~ Howard S. Becker and Irving Horowitz. 1972. "Radical Politics and Sociological Research: Observations on Methodology and Ideology," The American Journal of Sociology, See p. 50
» What are you doing tonight? I’m going out to commit some sociology… The Sociological Imagination. Now is not the time to “commit sociology,” Prime Minister Stephen Harper said Thursday in the wake of a foiled terrorist plot to attack a Via Rail passenger train that has some now musing about the causes of radicalization.
Cards Against Sociology. Sociology may be the "Debbie Downer" of the social sciences, but sociologists aren't really so cynical ... it’s a relief to take a moment for sociological silliness, imagination, and even subversion in a world already full of social problems. It is a generally outrageous game that can be adapted to specific classes and campuses.