Sociology can be defined as a scientific study of human relationships and institutions. It involves the study of the human society, where it has come from, the developments it has taken, the institutions that support the society, and where the society is headed to. Sociology is a social science that mainly makes use of empirical investigations and critical analysis to generate new knowledge about the society, the structure, and the interaction between these two (Horowitz, 1994).
The term sociological imagination was coined by C. Wright Mills, which has become a common term used in sociology throughout the world. Sociological imagination can be defined as a concept through which people think themselves away from the routines of their daily lives so that they look at the routines anew (Ritzer & Douglas, 2004). This means that sociological imagination is the ability to see things through a social angle and how these things interact and influence the other. For a person to have a sociological imagination, he or she must be able to come out of their present situation and think of the alternative point of view. Sociological imagination is important in understanding the social life because it draws from the experience of what is happening or what has happened and maps these events into the daily lives thereby giving individuals power to see the situation from another angle and come up with solutions.