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Sociological Imagination is the official journal for the Wisconsin Sociological Association.

We publish articles and note-length manuscripts on issues pertaining to all areas of social science research, teaching, and practice. We also encourage submission of review essays on theoretical, methodological, and substantive topics, as well as reviews of books and films that are of interest to social scientists. Sociological Imagination is also available in full-text via EBSCOhost.

Sociological Imagination is destined to be your multi-disciplinary journal. It aims to explain abstract concepts in engaging, interesting and thought-provoking ways while considering multiple perspectives. The journal sparks the curiosity within academics and increases visibility of social science research every year.


Mills’ own sociological imagination was inspired by what he referred to as the classic sociological tradition, the main feature of which is "the concern with historical social structures: and that its problems are of direct relevance to urgent public issues and insistent human troubles."  Mills links personal troubles with public issues and threads biography into the historical structural dynamic. The achievement of the classic tradition lies in the creation of models of society that illuminate the impact of social change on people and on their potential for response. M. O'Donnell (2010) in his piece, "Charles Wright Mills’ Sociological Imagination and Why We Fail to Match it Today" wrote, "Mills’ book, The Sociological Imagination, has inspired generations of young and not so young social scientists. This is partly because he wrote a great book – once voted the second most important sociological book of the twentieth century after Weber’s Economy and Society, partly because he practiced what he advocated, but also because he was an inspiring and, in the best sense of the word, idealistic human being. Mills the sociologist, campaigner and character fused to generate a charisma to which there is no recent or present comparison in social science.  He retained a grounded utopianism that he defined as a commitment to an attainable but radically fairer and more equal future. His message is no less relevant now" (p. 20).