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    Study of Social Problems Seven Perspectives

    ISBN-10: 0195142195
    ISBN-13: 9780195142198
    Author(s): Earl Rubington, Martin S. Weinberg
    Description: This critically acclaimed book delineates seven sociological perspectives used to examine social problems - social pathology, social disorganization, value conflict, deviant behaviour, labelling, the critical perspective, and, new to the sixth  More...
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    Edition: 6th
    Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
    Binding: Paperback
    Pages: 384
    Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
    Weight: 1.188
    Language: English

    This critically acclaimed book delineates seven sociological perspectives used to examine social problems - social pathology, social disorganization, value conflict, deviant behaviour, labelling, the critical perspective, and, new to the sixth edition, social constructionism. Unlike most introductory texts for courses on social problems which are organized topically around issues such as drug abuse, racial violence, and juvenile delinquency, this anthology focuses on the majortheoretical perspectives used to examine social problems. 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. Long a standard in its field,The Study of Social Problems is an indispensable volume for building a strong theoretical foundation in courses on social problems.

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    The Problem
    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 Perspectives
    Social Pathology.
    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 Criminal as a Born Criminal Type
    The Child Savers
    A Universal Criterion of Pathology
    The Pursuit of Loneliness
    The Moral Premises of Social Pathology
    Questions for Discussion
    Selected References
    Social Disorganization.
    Problems of Society
    Problems of Discipline
    Differences Between the Pathology and the Disorganization Perspectives
    The Major Social Disorganization Theorists
    Characteristics of the Social Disorganization Perspectives
    Summary and Conclusion
    Social Change and Social Disorganization
    The Ecology of Urban Disorganization
    Family Disorganization
    The Decline of a Black Community
    A Disorganizing Concept
    Questions for Discussion
    Selected References
    Value Conflict.
    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
    Values, Politics, and Social Problems
    Words Without Deeds
    A Critique of the Value Conflict Perspective
    Questions for Discussion
    Selected References
    Deviant Behavior.
    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
    A Theory of White Collar Crime
    Anomie: Theory and Fact
    An Evaluation of the Theory of Differential Association
    Questions for Discussion
    Selected References
    Labeling.
    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 Conclusions
    Outsiders
    Primary and Secondary Deviation
    The Devaluation of Women
    The Saints and the Roughnecks
    A Critique of Labeling
    Questions for Discussion
    Selected References
    Critical Perspective.
    The Main Idea of the Critical Perspective
    The S

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