It is unfortunate that men are overwhelmed by numerous societal changes that serve to trap them. However, the trapping of men caused by social problems has been interpreted as resulting from private problems. Whereas men have been trying to liberate themselves from the evident traps, more societal changes serve to trap them even more. This paper will analyse the different traps that the society places for men and how the social and environmental issues affect the lives of men.
According to Mills, many individuals have been unable to view themselves in relation to the societal changes and other social processes that affect daily life. Such people opine that the situations and troubles in their lives are isolated and independent cases. However, Mills reveals that men experience the feeling of being trapped because of their lack of ability to view themselves in the context of social changes. The problems that make men feel trapped are not unique and isolated cases (Giddens & Sutton 2010, p. 56). On the contrary, social processes and changes have served to trap men for a long period. Mills highlights that many men view such traps as existent in their private orbits. They focus on the close details of their jobs, family, as well as the neighbourhood. However, they fail to give attention to other aspects of the environment or their social sphere that affect their lives. In the words of Mills, men choose to “remain spectators” in some aspects of their social sphere. As men gain awareness of the ambitions and threats that define their environment, the feeling of being trapped only increases. At this point, Mills highlights that, “Underlying this sense of being trapped are seemingly impersonal changes in the very structure of the continent-wide societies” (Mills 2000, p. 4). Evidently, global societies have registered numerous changes that have affected the lives of men.