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Social Problems: Readings offers readers a set of tools for analyzing any social problem. Silver's collection invites students to explore provocative questions concerning our society. Why do some social problems receive substantial attention while others receive comparatively little? How do claimsmakers bring attention to problems in particular ways that galvanize public awareness? How do certain claimsmakers use their power and influence to bring attention to certain problems while diverting attention away from others? What are the impacts of defining, and consequently treating, a problem in a particular way? After completing this book, readers will look at the social world in ways that they probably never have before. Book jacket.
Ira Silver is Associate Professor of Sociology at Framingham State College. His areas of interest are social problems, inequality, organizations, and culture. He is the author of Unequal Partnerships: Beyond the Rhetoric of Philanthropic Collaboration, published by Routledge in 2006.
Table of Contents
|To the Instructor||p. xiii|
|The Power to Construct Social Problems||p. 1|
|Spotlighting Disaster: The Spectacular City: News Organizations and the Representation of Catastrophe||p. 7|
|Waging War on Drugs: The Crack Attack: Politics and Media in the Crack Scare||p. 32|
|Viewing Bodily Imperfection as a Health Problem: Millions for Viagra, Pennies for Diseases of the Poor||p. 51|
|Seeing Police Mistreatment of Blacks as a Necessary Evil: Behind Police Brutality: Public Assent||p. 61|
|Making Road Dangers Invisible: Drunk Drivers and Other Dangers||p. 65|
|Getting Fat on Misinformation: The Center for Consumer Freedom, An Epidemic of Obesity Myths||p. 68|
|Making School Shootings More Thinkable: Dying to Be Famous||p. 75|
|The Problem with Welfare as We Know It: Why Do Stereotypes and Lies Persist?||p. 79|
|How Social Problems Are Framed||p. 85|
|Random Violence: Random Violence: How We Talk about New Crimes and New Victims||p. 91|
|The Horrors of Child Abuse: Horror Stories and the Construction of Child Abuse||p. 107|
|Dangerous Music in Black and White: Constructing Racial Rhetoric: Media Depictions of Harm in Heavy Metal and Rap Music||p. 122|
|Injustice Based on Sexual Orientation: When Is Inequality a Problem? Victim Contests, Injustice Frames, and the Case of the Office of Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Student Support Services at Indiana University||p. 142|
|PMS and the Biological Flaws of Womanhood: Misdiagnosing the Body: Premenstrual Syndrome, Postmenstrual Syndrome, and Other Normal "Diseases"||p. 156|
|Black and Undeserving: Exposing Myths about America's Poor: Race and Poverty in America: Public Misperceptions and the American News Media||p. 174|
|Treating Social Problems as Emergencies: When Social Problems Are Treated as Emergencies||p. 191|
|Killer Tales about Serial Killings: Using Murder: The Social Construction of Serial Homicide||p. 200|
|Stalking as a Danger Potentially Menacing All Women: Stalking Strangers and Lovers: Changing Media Typifications of a New Crime Problem||p. 212|
|A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Words: This selection consists of a series of photos that illustrate the power of visual images in framing social problems||p. 230|
|Competition among Social Problems||p. 237|
|Selling Environmental Problems: Bringing the Issue Back In: Comparing the Marketability of the Ozone Hole and Global Warming||p. 243|
|Compensating for Deficit versus Enhancing Performance: The Difference Between Steroids and Ritalin Is ...||p. 260|
|The Crimes That Come to Mind: A Crime by Any Other Name ...||p. 264|
|Babies Having Babies: Constructing an Epidemic||p. 282|
|When Kids Become Victims of Violence: How a Few Isolated Tragedies-and Their Supposed Causes-Were Turned into a National Epidemic||p. 298|
|Homeless, Not Poor: And We Are Not Seen: Ideological and Political Barriers to Understanding Homelessness||p. 303|
|Catastrophes That Count: Flood Tide||p. 309|
|Black Men as Criminals and as Victims||p. 313|
|Policymaking and Outcomes||p. 323|
|The War on Terror and a Terrified Public: Enemies Everywhere: Terrorism, Moral Panic, and US Civil Society||p. 329|
|Fostering Personal Responsibility among Women on Welfare: Pyramids of Inequality||p. 344|
|Providing Free Housing to the Homeless: Why Problems like Homelessness May Be Easier to Solve than to Manage||p. 361|
|The Politics of Disaster: Disaster Aid: The Mix of Mercy and Politics||p. 371|
|Labor Strife Produces Disgruntled Consumers: Framed! Labor and the Corporate Media||p. 375|
|The Colored Stigma of Imprisonment: Blacks and Ex-Cons Need Not Apply||p. 383|
|Gaming on Native American Reservations: Wheel of Misfortune||p. 387|
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