“People with advantages are loath to believe that they just happen to be people with advantages.”–C. Wright Mills
One of C. Wright Mills’ greatest contributions to mankind was his creation of the sociological imagination–the ability to understand the larger historical scene in terms of its meaning for the inner life and the external career of a variety of individuals. Within the framework of the sociological imagination I have come to the realization that my relative success has much less to do with my own individual characteristics, and much more with the larger historical and economic conditions that led to our specific familial structure and childrearing practices that my parents thereby adopted.
With that in mind, I’m going to undertake the arduous, yet fulfilling task of taking a comprehensive and multidimensional view of my upbringing and ensuing success. I will first highlight the historical and economic conditions that led my parents to their specific social location. I will then illustrate how this location, along with their own individual experiences helped shape their childrearing practices. Finally, I will bring this altogether by connecting these larger ideas to minute details of my own life and how it has shaped me to be the person that I am today.
I hope that this project will lead you to the feeling of empowerment and inspiration, just as C.Wright Mills had hoped with the sociological imagination.