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Overview

A complete set of tools for analyzing any social problem.
Updated with over 60 new examples and case studies, Social Problems shows how activists, experts, and their opponents frame social problems through the logic that they use; the rhetoric of claims-making; and the ways that access to resources determines who gets their claims heard. Drawing on social constructionist theory, the idea that our experience of reality is created through the interaction and participation of individuals and groups, Joel Best helps readers understand the complex competitive process through which problems emerge. In order to help students connect theory to everyday life, Joel Best fills the book with colorful examples and case studies from the real world.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393918632
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/27/2012
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 148,859
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Joel Best is a professor of sociology and criminal justice at the University of Delaware. His books include Damned Lies and Statistics and Flavor of the Month.

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Table of Contents

Figures vii

Boxes ix

A Note to the Reader xiii

Acknowledgments xv

1 The Social Problems Process 3

2 Claims 29

Case Study Making Claims about Problem Animals and Animal Problems 61

3 Activists as Claimsmakers 64

Case Study Mobilizing against Homophobic Bullying 93

4 Experts as Claimsmakers 96

Case Study The Autism Epidemic and Disputes over Expertise 123

5 The Media and Claims 127

Case Study Reporting about Risk 157

6 Public Reaction 160

Case Study Public Reactions to Immigration 187

7 Policymaking 190

Case Study Health Care as a Policy Challenge 218

8 Social Problems Work 221

Case Study Loan Applications and Financial Collapse 251

9 Policy Outcomes 255

Case Study Technological Change and Policy Outcomes 283

10 Claims across Space and Time 286

Case Study Sexual Trafficking across Space and Time 315

11 The Uses of the Constructionist Stance 318

Glossary 331

References 339

Index 353

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2014

    The worst book ever written. The objcetives of any course in soc

    The worst book ever written. The objcetives of any course in social problems are quite distinct. This book covers none. It repeats itself with make up theories on how social problems are constructed, according to the author's fantasy. 

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