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Constructionist theory describes and analyzes social problems as emerging through the efforts of claimsmakers who bring issues to public attention. By typifying a problem and characterizing it as a particular sort, claimsmakers can shape policymaking and public response to the problem.
Th is new edition of Images of Issues addresses claimsmaking in the 1990s,
featuring such issues as fathers' rights, stalking, sexual abuse by the clergy, hate crimes, multicultural education, factory farming, and concluding with an expanded discussion of the theoretical debate over constructionism.
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“A collection of articles about a wide range of contemporary social problems all very much in current public discussion: spousal, elder, and child abuse; AIDS; dyslexia and other learning disabilities; concern about infertility; substance abuse; concern about rock lyrics; and the supposed threat of illegal immigration… The articles are all competent, well written, and adequately documented… [T]he authors cast light on an interesting collection of social problems, in a style that is constantly readable and frequently interesting. Readers at all levels.” S. M. Soiffer, Choice
Explores how social problems come to public attention as types, and how this typification shapes the response of policy makers and the public. Working within a constructionist theory, the 13 essays discuss such issues as crack, AIDS, missing children, sex and violence in rock music, illegal immigration, and family violence. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780202305394
  • Publisher: Transaction Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/1/1995
  • Series: Social Problems and Social Issues Series
  • Edition description: 2nd ed
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 376
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.84 (d)

Meet the Author

Joel E. Best is professor at the department of sociology and criminal justice, University of Delaware. He is the author of numerous books, including Flavor of the Month: Why Smart People Fall for Fads; Deviance: Career of a Concept; and Random Violence: How We Talk about New Crimes and New Victims.

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Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition
1 Typification and Social Problems Construction 1
2 Horror Stories and the Construction of Child Abuse 17
3 Stalking Strangers and Lovers: Changing Media Typifications of a New Crime Problem 33
4 Rethinking Medicalization: Alcoholism and Anomalies 59
5 The Moral Drama of Multicultural Education 81
6 Clergy Sexual Abuse: The Symbolic Politics of a Social Problem 105
7 The Social Construction of Infertility: From Private Matter to Social Concern 131
8 The Crack Attack: America's Latest Drug Scare, 1986-1992 147
9 "All We Want is Equality": Rhetorical Framing in the Fathers' Rights Movement 191
10 Hate Crimes in the United States: The Transformation of Injured Persons into Victims and the Extension of Victim Status to Multiple Constituencies 213
11 Down on the Farm: Rationale Expansion in the Construction of Factory Farming as a Social Problem 239
12 Writing Rights: The "Homeless Mentally Ill" and Involuntary Hospitalization 261
13 Creativity, Conflict, and Control: Film Industry Campaigns to Shape Video Policy 287
14 Cold Wars, Evil Empires, Treacherous Japanese: Effects of International Context on Problem Construction 313
15 Constructionism in Context 337
Biographical Sketches of the Contributors 355
Index 359
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