Edited by John Scott and Ann Nilsen
Encounters with pragmatism
The Sociological Imagination was on the reading list for my introductory course in sociology in 1980 and was my first encounter with C. Wright Mills’s writings. In this historical period the women’s movement had made quite an impact on Norwegian society and in ‘institutions of higher learning.’ The critical writings of feminist scholars received acclaim among many women sociologists in particular. As a young student I, along with many other women, was drawn to the novelty of feminism and the new perspectives on society they offered. In this climate The Sociological Imagination was considered a great title for a book, but the text itself was, by many, deemed irrelevant and outdated and seen as having little contribution to make in the study of gender and of women’s lives in particular, so I had no great hopes of finding it of interest. I did however have to read it for my first sociology exam and was struck by the freshness of the text (it was a joy to read!) and the call for sociologists to recognize history as important for understanding con- temporary society. I had studied history as a subject for my lower degree and was planning to return to it to write my master thesis after my sociology course, so at the time history was closer to my heart. The Sociological Imagination made me realize that I needn’t choose sociology OR history – the two disciplines could actually be combined in research to gain a broader understanding of society and societal pro- cesses.
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