As I read the well known definition of Sociology Imagination defined by the greatest American sociologist known as C. Wright Mills whereas it means the ability to see how individual’s specific experiences are connected to the larger society. Since it focuses on personal troubles and public issues it’s basically something we cannot see. Mills wants us to understand that sociological perspective enables us to hold the connection between history and biography. In which he came up with the idea of in order for one to understand their personal lives, we need to look beyond personal experiences and look at the larger social, economic and political issues of others. In addition to this, Mills sees sociology imagination as a way to engage the world, he just wanted to change the world in some way. As a matter of fact, the Sicko Documentary directed by Michael Moore demonstrates some examples of sociology imagination.
The Sicko documentary which was filmed in 2007 by Michael Moore, is mainly about health insurance in the United States compared to free healthcare in other countries. Such as France, Great Britain, Canada and Cuba. The entire documentary is about interviews to Americans who got denied treatment by the health insurance in United States. Moores wants to show us how unfair the health insurance system and how unjust it is with some cases which we see throughout the documentary. Once again the United States showing it’s true colors.
The documentary gave a few examples on sociology imagination and the first one, I could identify was the meeting of a group some volunteer rescue workers of 9/11. As they suffered from respiratory problems and other health conditions after aiding in the rescue of the fallen twin towers. It’s unbelievable how these men and women were denied medical treatment for their illnesses, and are still trying to recover from debilitating conditions which were a result of their effort. Apparently, the reason why they aren’t treated how they should is because they are being called as volunteers and not employees. One of these volunteers suffers from post- traumatic stress disorder, which would most likely be obvius after such a traumatic incident.
On the other hand, I found the second example of sociology imagination which was the citizens of Canada, France and Great Britain are expected to live longer than Americans. As said in the documentary, British people are to be healthier than Americans. Also an interesting fact about this is that a French person is supposed to live three years longer than an American. This is something I totally believe because as a matter of a fact they have free coverage to everyone, including the tourist who get sick or injured during their visits to the country. Therefore, the American society needs to become better in the health care of our society. Each and everyone that work in the government must take the time to watch this documentary and try to look for a solutions which will most likely safe everyone out there.
The third example of sociological imagination in this documentary is a woman whose name was Adrian and she had cervical cancer. Unfortunately, she was denied insurance for every single treatment she needed, just because her health care insurance company told her that apparently she was too young to be diagnosed of having cervical cancer. Adrian was smart enough to go in the look for a better health care and ended up in Canada. Which thankfully, Canada’s healthcare is universal and affordable for their citizens. If I were to be in her position, I would definitely choose the Canadian system over the trashy, unjust system in America. It surprises me the struggle people have to pass in order to receive the care they need to survive in this trashy society we face everyday in the United States.