Thinking about Social Problems: An Introduction to Constructionist Perspectives [NOOK Book]

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The new second edition of this distinctive and widely adopted textbook brings into the classroom an overview of how images of social problems can shape not only public policy and social services, but also the ways in which we make sense of ourselves and others. It introduces two primary changes. First, some attention is devoted to the “new social movements” that emphasize social change through identity transformation rather than through structural change. Second, the text now also looks more closely at the ...

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Thinking about Social Problems: An Introduction to Constructionist Perspectives

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Overview

The new second edition of this distinctive and widely adopted textbook brings into the classroom an overview of how images of social problems can shape not only public policy and social services, but also the ways in which we make sense of ourselves and others. It introduces two primary changes. First, some attention is devoted to the “new social movements” that emphasize social change through identity transformation rather than through structural change. Second, the text now also looks more closely at the importance of emotions in constructing public consciousness of social problems.

When the first edition was published, Teaching Sociology noted, “Loseke does a superb job explaining the relationship between sociology and social problems in a text that is very well research and engaging, yet with tremendous attention to detail and accuracy… [W]ould provide a solid base for any social problems class.” Contemporary Sociology wrote that the book is “engagingly well written in a personal, unpretentious style, and well informed by the author’s knowledge of the professional literature.”

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Editorial Reviews

Lawrence T. Nichols
[E]ngagingly well written in a personal, unpretentious style, and well informed by the author's knowledge of the professional literature.
Contemporary Sociology
Mitch Berbrier
[E]xtraordinarily lucid writing by an active researcher who clearly has a masterful grasp on this perspective.
Canadian Journal of Sociology Online
Booknews
A textbook introducing the approach to undergraduates early in their study of such subjects as social problems, sociology, family violence, and women's lives; most students are not exposed to it until the advanced undergraduate or even graduate levels. For readers who know little about social constructivism and will not necessary embrace it, explains the notion that people create, that is construct, problems, as opposed to the conventional idea that problems are objective realities that people encounter. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780202363929
  • Publisher: Transaction Publishers
  • Publication date: 12/31/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 906,002
  • File size: 378 KB

Meet the Author

Donileen R. Loseke is professor of sociology at the University of South Florida. A past president of the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction, she is the author of The Battered Woman and Shelters: The Social Construction of Wife Abuse, and coeditor (with Richard Gelles) of Current Controversies on Family Violence.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Pt. I Issues in Studying Social Problems
1 The Problem with Social Problems 3
2 The People and the Tasks in Constructing Social Problems 25
Pt. II Constructing Successful Packages of Claims
3 Constructing Moralities 47
4 Constructing Conditions and People 69
5 Constructing Solutions 99
Pt. III From Social Constructions to Social Actions
6 Social Problems and Everyday Life 125
7 Social Problems and Social Services 147
8 Social Constructionist Perspectives on Social Problems 173
App Social Constructionist Theories and Issues 191
References 213
Index 225
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