Sociological imagination, sadly if understandably, doesn't refer to the imaginative capacity of sociologists. The term was coined by C. Wright Mills in 1959 referring to the distinction between individuals and their role in society as a whole.Mills based his theory on the socialization of individuals, (referred to as 'the milieu') and challenges the concept of a 'society as a whole' approach to sociological studies. Mills disputes the idea that a homogeneous society is even possible. His work has since been described as a view of a three dimensional society, but at the time was severely criticized.
Examples of Sociological Imagination: