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Overview


Constructionist Controversies reviews the substantial con-
tributions to social problems theory that have been made by social constructionist theorists and examines debates about the future of this perspective. Intended for the student, the volume provides a succinct formulation of all the major issues of social constructionism by contributors who are well recognized within the field for the strength with which they articulate their own widely varied viewpoints.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780202304571
  • Publisher: Transaction Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/1/2006
  • Series: Social Problems and Social Issues Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 236
  • Lexile: 1520L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.54 (d)

Meet the Author

Gale Miller is research professor of social and cultural sciences at Marquette University. His research focuses on social problems theory and the social organization and use of language in everyday life, particularly in human service organizations. He is the author or editor of numerous books, including Becoming Miracle Workers: Language and Meaning in Brief Therapy; Context and Method in Qualitative Research; and Enforcing the Work Ethic.

James A. Holstein is professor in and chair of the Department of Social and Cultural Sciences, Marquette University. He is the editor of Social Problems. He has published over three-dozen books on topics such as the family, metal health and illness, social problems, the self, and quantitative research methods.

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Table of Contents

List of Contributors
Preface
Introduction
1 Constructing Social Problems: Context and Legacy 3
Pt. I Contemporary Issues in Social Constructionism
2 Vernacular Constituents of Moral Discourse: An Interactionist Proposal for the Study of Social Problems 21
3 For a Cautious Naturalism 55
4 The Reflectivity of Constructionism and the Construction of Reflexivity 69
5 Do We Need a General Theory of Social Problems? 83
6 But Seriously Folks: The Limitations of the Strict Constructionist Interpretation of Social Problems 109
Pt. II New Directions for Social Constructionism
7 Social Constructionism and Social Problems Work 131
8 Claims-Making from the Underside: Marginalization and Social Problems Analysis 153
9 Social Constructionism in Critical Feminist Theory and Research 181
10 Cultural Theory, Social Construction, and Social Problems 193
11 Constructing Conditions, People, Morality, and Emotion: Expanding the Agenda of Constructionism 207
Index 217
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