Social Problems

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Textbook Paperback
  • Copyright: 4/17/2012
  • Publisher: W W NORTON

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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.

Table of Contents

Figuresp. vii
Boxesp. ix
A Note to the Readerp. xiii
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
The Social Problems Processp. 3
Claimsp. 29
Case Study Making Claims about Problem Animals and Animal Problemsp. 61
Activists as Claimsmakersp. 64
Case Study Mobilizing against Homophobic Bullyingp. 93
Experts as Claimsmakersp. 96
Case Study The Autism Epidemic and Disputes over Expertisep. 123
The Media and Claimsp. 127
Case Study Reporting about Riskp. 157
Public Reactionp. 160
Case Study Public Reactions to Immigrationp. 187
Policymakingp. 190
Case Study Health Care as a Policy Challengep. 218
Social Problems Workp. 221
Case Study Loan Applications and Financial Collapsep. 251
Policy Outcomesp. 255
Case Study Technological Change and Policy Outcomesp. 283
Claims across Space and Timep. 286
Case Study Sexual Trafficking across Space and Timep. 315
The Uses of the Constructionist Stancep. 318
Glossaryp. 331
Referencesp. 339
Indexp. 353
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