Shayla Corrodas: 1529724 Xianzheng Zhou: 1543901 PERLS 104 Jay Scherer In 1959, C. Wright Mills coined the term “The Social Imagination” to describe the collective feeling of being trapped that was shared by many people in society. Mills found that those who could not grasp a wider aspect of social relations had difficulty developing patterned relations, and connecting personal experiences to common public issues. This idea of the social imagination connects strongly to the beliefs of Howard Zinn who stated that “you can’t be neutral on a moving train”. This quote demonstrates the notion that the quick succession of changes in society and sport create an environment in which a person makes an impact on society simply by existing within it. This also strongly connects to the values of Karl Marx, who believed that history was a crucial component in the advancement of society because it provides information that allow us to change the world rather than simply interpret it. The adjoining of these concepts helps to establish the basis for the Social imagination. My family is from remote china, a rapidly developing country always creating economic miracles around my past life, but it means that I can not immerse in a triumph of these developments. Take the sport and leisure practices as an example, even though my family has made financial progress in recent years, we still are excluded from ‘luxury sport’ like golf. Golf has been a one of the most ubiquitous form of sport in my homeland China, nevertheless, we cannot afford that because the costs of tickets and equipments are very expensive. Based on the concept of sociological imagination, it can be easily concluded that the deficiency of my family’s ability to pursue such expensive sport is not only the individual condition, but also the cause of dramatic division of the whole society’s classes. Then, we expand this ideas to the human social world. Consequently, we find that the inequality of classes not just haunted china, but the whole social world. In some degrees, sociological imagination tells me such story: personal experience is shaped drastically by the social world so that the negative force operating by the society is inevitable. Contrary to Xianzheng, I was born in Edmonton and have been given opportunities that he did not. Despite not being from a wealthy family, the abundance of organized sport programs that Canada provides allowed me to play sports at an affordable cost. As a child, I was able to capitalize on my passion for soccer by playing in a community league for five years and develop my skills and love for the sport. Unfortunately, I was never able to accept offers to play for higher level and private teams because my family could not afford to pay the expenses for new equipment and travel cost. When I began junior high I was only able to play soccer for the school. This, however, was not an unfortunate event because my time was no longer monopolized by soccer I was able to branch out and try different sports. It was at this time that I developed my current passion for the sport of basketball, which I continue to play to this day. The social imagination relates to our experiences because it demonstrates the effects that financial struggle has on an individual’s ability to participate in sport and leisure activities. These examples can be used to show the connection that exists between personal struggles, such as a family’s financial problems, and the broader issues that must be taken into account when developing programs for sport and leisure in Canadian society. Our awareness of The Social Imagination assists us in understanding the factors that influence how we view society and our personal experiences in terms of historical context, comparable situations, and critical thought.