Difference between personal troubles and public issues


Based on your reading of ‘The Promise' from C. W. Mills' The Sociological Imagination, create a response of no more than 550 words to the following:

Using some examples from contemporary life, explain the distinction Mills makes between personal troubles and public issues. Do you think that people still feel trapped in the twenty-first century in the same way that Mills described in the mid-twentieth century?

Instruction for writing:

1. The question should be answered as a short essay ( The basic essay structure is Introduction , Body , Conclusion. ) and adhere to formal academic writing conventions, including Harvard style, in-text referencing . All sources cited in your work MUST be referenced.

2. You will need to demonstrate an understanding of Mills' concepts but you will also need to communicate your own ideas and develop your own argument.

3. The second part of the question in particular requires you to form and explain your own opinion, having shown an appreciation for what Mills was asserting.

4. For this task you must make reference to the set reading, but you are also welcome to cite other sources, particularly when explaining your examples and thoughts on contemporary life. For example, you may refer to the Australian Bureau of Statistics' publications on divorce rates if you were to talk about marriage breakdown.

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