For centuries now, there has been a very strong relationship between social, political, and economic conditions with art (Babe, 2010). Out of this relationship that exists, these factors determine the nature and the meaning of art. This is because the society mainly determines how the art is interpreted and perceived. On the other hand, the economic conditions affects how the works of are produced and also who affords to purchase them when they have been produced. The political conditions mainly affect the works of art in that, they determine if the conditions are conducive enough for art production. These conditions also affect the artist’s orientation and beliefs and in the end, it affects the outcome of the work of art. For example, if an artist is anti-politics, he may seem to produce works of art that depict defiance from the government (Edelman, 1995).
Daily activities such as a parent teaching a child, a person watching TV, store or restaurant interactions, or on-the-job training can elicit different learning situations. In recognition of this, several sociologists have come up with specific theories that seek to explain this. For instance George Herbert Mead (1863-1931) studied the distinct identity of a person that comes out of social interaction. This is the process of self. One way of engaging in self is through viewing oneself through other people’s eyes. Another sociologist, Lawrence Kohlberg (1927-1987) sought to find out the manner in which people learn to make right and wrong decisions. He achieved this by evolving moral development theory that has three levels. These are pre-conventional, conventional and post conventional (Macionis & Thompson, 2005).
Sociological imagination is meant to help people understand human behaviour in the right context. In this case, it is aimed at training people not to apportion blame to them when they do not deserve to. By assessing the society and focusing on specific issues, one gets to understand why the issues are occurring.
The intent of the paper is to assess the impact of drug addiction and alcoholism in the society. By so doing, it is possible to change behaviour starting from ourselves and direct energy on solving issues that are noteworthy.
An individual often reflects the image of the society. Sometimes, it is not enough to assume an individual is independent of the environment (Kornblum, 2011). In that case, the case of alcoholism and drug addiction can be looked from the societal perspective to reflect the state of the society in what Mills referred to as sociological imagination. The essence of this is to understand individuals from a holistic perception.
Racism is defined by the Oxford Dictionary as ‘the belief that all members of each race possess characteristics, abilities, or qualities specific to that race, especially so as to distinguish it as inferior or superior to another race or races’ (2013). There are different forms of racism namely individual, institutional and cultural racism. Individual racism applies to an individual person or a group of people based on their skin colour. Institutional racism occurs when policies and practices of an institution oppress people of colour and favour other majority groups. Cultural racism is found where people of a certain cultural heritage impose the superiority of their culture to other groups of people (Constantine 2006).
As from 17th to 20th century, the living pattern of human beings has transformed consistently and at a fast pace, bringing changes in agriculture, power and manufacturing. This transformation was fast in Europe in the 20th century, leading to the region to be the best in civilisation as per that period. The earlier progress made in the 18th and 20th centuries formed a basis for other regions like the United States of America borrowing the knowledge for developmental purposes, hence calling for industrial revolution in manufacturing industry, mining, agricultural firm, change in cultural and economic standards in the society. Industrialisation is defined as a process that involves economic and social dynamics in which a given human race is revolutionised from pre-development setting into industrialised setting. It is a subset of a larger scope of modernisation process, where economic progress and social revolution are closely linked with technological improvement, especially in the enactment of commercial energy and metallurgy generation. Philosophical dynamism is also experienced in industrialisation where individuals possess diverse thoughts towards their perception of the environment.