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Applying Your Sociological Imagination to the Draft

February 13, 2009

Rep. Rangel is a highly decorated Korean War veteran

Rep. Rangel is a highly decorated Korean War veteran


In his book “The Sociological Imagination,” C. Wright Mills explained that sociologists should be concerned with understanding how social history and individuals’ life courses were connected through society. For example, consider how war can alter the course of a person’s life. He might have to leave home to fight or leave home to avoid fighting. She might have to postpone her education. He might have to postpone his wedding. She might have to adopt a different career to serve in the war effort. He might have to raise his children by himself. Individuals cannot control war, but war affects individuals.

In 2006, Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY) attempted to introduce legislation in Congress to re-introduce the military draft. Supposedly he is considering introducing draft legislation again in 2009 after the economic stimulus plan is addressed. Using your sociological imagination, respond to one of the discussion topics listed below:

Discussion Topics:
1) What potential effects do you think a military draft could have on Americans today? Make sure your responses include both constructive and negative ramifications.

2) Do you think women should be included in a military draft? Why or why not?

3) Do you think a military draft and compulsory community service would have different effects on individuals? Which would you prefer? Why?

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One comment

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