"What they need, and what they
feel they need, is a quality of mind that will help them to use information
and to develop reason in order to achieve lucid summations of what is going
on in the world and of what may be happening within themselves. It
is this quality, I am going to contend, that journalists and scholars,
artists and publics, scientists and editors are coming to expect of what
may be called the sociological imagination" (The
Sociological Imagination, 1959, p.3).