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The Study of Social Problems Seven Perspectives

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Edition:
6th
ISBN13:

9780195142198

ISBN10:
0195142195
Format:
Paperback
Pub. Date:
8/1/2002
Publisher(s):
Oxford University Press

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Summary

This critically acclaimed volume delineates seven sociological perspectives used to examine social problems--social pathology, social disorganization, value conflict, deviant behavior, labeling, the critical perspective, and social constructionism. Unlike most introductory texts, which areorganized topically around issues such as drug abuse, racial violence, and juvenile delinquency, this anthology focuses on the major theoretical perspectives used to examine social problems. Each section begins with an overview of the main contributors to the perspective, its history, and an outlineof its major characteristics, and closes with a critique of the perspective and questions for discussion. For this edition, the editors have significantly updated the text, the readings, and the annotated references. New selections cover such topics as the decline of a Black community, white-collarcrime, the devaluation of women, the universalization of social problems, how to successfully construct a social problem, and child sexual abuse. Long a standard in its field, The Study of Social Problems, 6/e, is an indispensable volume for building a strong theoretical foundation in courses onsocial problems.

Table of Contents

Preface xi
I. THE PROBLEM
Social Problems and Sociology
3(12)
II. THE PERSPECTIVES
Social Pathology
15(32)
The Organic Analogy
20(1)
Samuel Smith
The Criminal as a Born Criminal Type
21(3)
Cesare Lombroso
William Ferrero
The Child Savers
24(8)
Anthony M. Platt
A Universal Criterion of Pathology
32(4)
Vytautas Kavolis
The Pursuit of Loneliness
36(5)
Philip Slater
The Moral Premises of Social Pathology
41(6)
Carl M. Rosenquist
Questions for Discussion, Selected References
45(2)
Social Disorganization
47(38)
Social Change and Social Disorganization
53(3)
Robert E. Park
The Ecology of Urban Disorganization
56(7)
Robert E. L. Faris
H. Warren Dunham
Family Disorganization
63(2)
W. I. Thomas
Florian Zananiecki
The Decline of a Black Community
65(16)
Elijah Anderson
A Disorganizing Concept
81(4)
Marshall B. Clinard
Questions for Discussion, Selected References
83(2)
Value Conflict
85(34)
The Conflict of Values
89(6)
Richard C. Fuller
Richard R. Myers
The Stages of a Social Problem
95(8)
Richard C. Fuller
Richard R. Myers
Values, Politics, and Social Problems
103(2)
Joseph R. Gusfield
Words Without Deeds
105(5)
Willard Waller
A Critique of the Value Conflict Perspective
110(9)
Kenneth Westhues
Questions for Discussion, Selected References
116(3)
Deviant Behavior
119(53)
Robert Merton: Anomie and Social Structure
126(9)
Marshall B. Clinard
Learning to Be Deviant
135(6)
Edwin H. Sutherland
Donald R. Cressey
A Theory of White Collar Crime
141(13)
Edwin H. Sutherland
Anomie: Theory and Fact
154(5)
Marshall B. Clinard
An Evaluation of the Theory of Differential Association
159(13)
Donald R. Cressey
Questions for Discussion, Selected References
168(4)
Labeling
172(49)
Outsiders
178(5)
Howard S. Becker
Primary and Secondary Deviation
183(3)
Edwin M. Lemert
The Devaluation of Women
186(9)
Edwin M. Schur
The Saints and the Aoughnecks
195(13)
William J. Chambliss
A Critique of Labeling
208(13)
Gwynn Nettler
Questions for Discussion, Selected References
217(4)
Critical Perspective
221(58)
Crime and the Development of Capitalism
227(7)
Richard Quinney
Toward a Political Economy of Crime
234(1)
William J. Chambliss
Repression and Criminal Justice in Capitalist America
234(18)
Raymond J. Michalowski
Edward W. Bohlander
The Universalization of Social Problems
252(18)
David Wagner
Evaluating the Critical Perspective
270(9)
Marshall B. Clinard
Robert F. Meier
Questions for Discussion, Selected References
275(4)
Social Constructionism
279(78)
The Definition of Social Problems
285(6)
John I. Kitsuse
Malcolm Spector
How to Successfully Construct a Social Problem
291(13)
Donileen R. Loseke
Victimization and the Victim Industry
304(13)
Joel Best
Culture and the Case of Child Sexual Abuse
317(19)
Katherine Beckett
Constructionism in Context
336(21)
Joel Best
Questions for Discussion, Selected References
351(6)
III. The Prospects
A Sociological Review of the Perspectives
357


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