Social Problems / Edition 2

Social Problems / Edition 2

by Joel Best
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ISBN-10:
0393918637
ISBN-13:
9780393918632
Pub. Date:
04/27/2012
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
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Social Problems / Edition 2

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393918632
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 04/27/2012
Edition description: Second Edition
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 193,033
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.60(d)

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 Threats to the American Dream as a Cultural Resource 62

3 Activist as Claimsmakers 66

Case Study Mobilizing Over Income Inequality 95

4 Experts as Claims makers 99

Case Study Forecasting the Future 126

5 The Media and Claims 130

Case Study Democratizing the Means of Media Production And Reproduction 161

6 Public Reaction 165

Case Study Public Reactions to Epidemics 195

7 Policymaking 199

Case Study Legalizing Marijuana and Same-Sex Marriage 227

8 Social Problems Work 231

Case Study Responding to Police Violence 260

9 Policy Outcomes 264

Case Study Modifying Student Loans 292

10 Claims across Space and Time 296

Case Study Is Social Problems Theory Ethnocentric? 325

11 The Use of the Constructionist Stance 329

Glossary 341

References 349

Index 363

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.