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This anthology uses seven theoretical perspectives to examine social problems (unlike most social problems texts, which are organized topically around issues such as drug abuse, crime, etc.). Each section begins with an overview of the main contributors to the perspective, its history, and an outline of its major characteristics, and closes with a critique of the perspective and questions for discussion. This book is used in social problems courses, which is a lower-level course, but it takes a higher level approach due to its heavy focus on theory. The book's strengths include its theoretical approach to social problems and its clear illustrations of those theories. It is well-organized, comprehensive, and affordable and also includes primary sources and scholarly articles (or excerpts thereof).
ER is Professor Emeritus of Sociology at Northeastern University. MW is Professor of Sociology at Indiana University. His research has focused on a variety of topics including models of female sexuality, foot fetishism, intersexuality, sadomasochism, sex work, and bisexuality. Recent work has focused specifically on the social and interpretive worlds of men who have sex with animals.
Table of Contents
|Social Problems and Sociology|
|The Definition of a Social Problem, The Development of American Sociology, Sociological Perspectives on Social Problems, Plan of the Book, Summary and Conclusion, Selected References|
|The Concept of Social Problems, Roots of the Social Pathology Perspective, Changes in the Social Pathology Perspective, Characteristics of the Social Pathology Perspective, Summary and Conclusion|
|The Organic Analogy|
|The Child Savers|
|A Universal Criterion of Pathology|
|The Pathology of Everyday Life|
|The Moral Premises of Social Pathology|
|Problems of Society, Problems of the Discipline, Differences Between the Pathology and the Disorganization Perspectives, The Major Social Disorganization Theorists, Characteristics of the Social Disorganization Perspective, Summary and Conclusion|
|Social Change and Social Disorganization|
|The Ecology of Urban Disorganization|
|The Decline of a Black Community|
|A Disorganizing Concept|
|Conflict Theorists and the Formulation of the Value Conflict Perspective, Characteristics of the Value Conflict Perspective, Summary and Conclusion|
|The Conflict of Values|
|The Stages of a Social Problem|
|Sexual Education and Value Conflict|
|Words Without Deeds|
|A Critique of the Value Conflict Perspective|
|The Refocusing of Sociological Thought, Roots in Classical Theory, The Development of Anomie Theory, The Development of Differential Association Theory, Characteristics of the Deviant Behavior Perspective, Summary and Conclusion|
|Robert Merton: Anomie and Social Structure|
|Learning to Be Deviant|
|Self-Injury and a New Form of Differential Association|
|Anomie: Theory and Fact|
|An Evaluation of the Theory of Differential Association|
|Focus and Concerns of the Labeling Perspective, The Discipline and Its Problems, Philosophical Sources of the Labeling Perspective, Founders of the Labeling Perspective, Characteristics of the Labeling Perspective, Summary and Conclusion|
|Primary and Secondary Deviation|
|The Stigma of Charity|
|The Saints and the Roughnecks|
|Attacks on Labeling Theory|
|The Main Idea of the Critical Perspective, The Social Sources of the Critical Perspective, Characteristics of the Critical Perspective, Summary and Conclusion|
|Crime and the Development of Capitalism|
|Toward a Political Economy of Crime|
|Capitalism and the Problems of Class, Race, and Gender|
|The Case of a State-Corporate Crime|
|Evaluating the Critical Perspective|
|The Labeling Perspective: The Critique from Outside, The Rise of Social Constructionism, Constructionism's Growth, Development, and Change, Characteristics of the Constructionist Perspective, Summary and Conclusion|
|The Definition of Social Problems|
|How to Successfully Construct a Social Problem|
|Changing Constructions of Rape|
|Claims About Immigration|
|Constructionism in Context|
|A Sociological Review of the Perspectives|
|The Seven Perspectives, Applicability, Combining Perspectives|
|The Social Problem of Terrorism|
|The Dual Mandate and Sociological Perspectives, Society, Sociology, and the Study of Social Problems|
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