The term social justice was intended to create a balance between fairness, equality, and privilege. It holds the principle that all humans are entitled to some form or degree of rights as human beings; as we all share similar characteristics and interests as humans. Just like social justice, global social justice seeks to promote the same human rights of fairness and equality, but on a much larger global scale; where all individuals moral values are protected “irrespective of their national or territorial location, and where environmental rights and freedoms are cultural enabling, clean and safe for all individuals” (Quist-Adade, SOCI 2235: Social Theory and Social Justice, 2013, p. 24). It encourages government, public services, and individual people to provide the bare social minimum to people around the world, and requires each country to be held accountable for all human rights. What is meant by the bare social minimum is the minimum behaviours and actions people should expect in a social context or where one is not alone. It requires us to see that we are all interlinked, and must do what we can to support one another; within our structured society, because we are all human, and that would be the humane thing to do (a virtuous characteristic exhibited by humans). Global Sociological Imagination is “a capacity, ability, or a quality of mind that allows an individual to understand and connect their life with the forces and dynamics that impact it” (Quist-Adade, SOCI 2235: Social Theory and Social Justice, 2013, p. 7). It identifies that individuals are, co-dependent of each-other (because they are an interlinked human species).
Sociologist must seek to continually debunk social systems and their structures to better understand the root causes and methods of human social interactions, as well as be able to clearly identify the true driving forces of human behaviour; in order to attempt to identify or explain human behaviours properly. Global Sociological Imagination seeks to penetrate the surface assumptions of human behaviours, in order to critical analyze and evaluate the theories and its usefulness to society. It is the social actions and interactions that effect or contribute to the large group or mass volume of humans.
The principles of Sociological Imagination are utilized “based upon two essential tasks: 1) understanding the human biography, social structures, and history, and 2) differentiating personal (independent individual) problems from public issues” ” (Quist-Adade, Lecture Notes 1, 2013, p. 7). Sociologists must attain the ability to break factors of behaviour and outcomes of behaviour into individual parts or variables; and attempt to identify the dependant variables from independent ones; in order to more accurately identify the implications, understand results, and predict future social events and structural changes.
Both Sociological Imagination and Global Sociological Imagination are social concepts that are inter-related, because in order to provide global social justice, one must be able to both understand and connect with other social cultures and environments on a smaller scale; by identifying how we –as individuals- are all interlinked.
Quist-Adade, C. (2013, September 6). Lecture Notes 1. 1-8. Langley, BC, Canada.
Quist-Adade, C. (2013). SOCI 2235: Social Theory and Social Justice. Surrey, BC, Canada: Kwantlen Polytechnic University: Faculty of Arts.