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Thinking about Social Problems An Introduction to Constructionist Perspectives

ISBN-10: 0202306844
ISBN-13: 9780202306841
Edition: 2nd 2003
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List price: $24.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Aldine Transaction
Publication date: 12/31/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

Donileen R. Loseke received her bachelor's in psychology and master's in behavioral science from California State University Dominguez Hills, and a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She currently is a professor of Sociology at the University of South Florida. Her books include The Battered Woman and Shelters (1992, New York Press), which won the 1994Charles Horton Cooley Award from the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction, and Thinking About Social Problems: An Introduction to Constructionist Perspectives, 2e (2003, Aldine deGruyter), and Current Controversies on Family Violence, 2nd edition , edited with Richard Gelles and Mary Cavanaugh (2005, SAGE). Numerous journal articles and book chapters report the findings of her empirical research projects that have been on a variety of topics (including evaluation research, social problems, criminal justice, social service provision, occupations, emotion, identity, and narrative), and have used a variety of data collection techniques (including field experiment, written survey, in-depth interview, ethnography, and document analysis). She has been the editor of the Journal of Contemporary Ethnography and an Advisory Editor for Social Problems . Currently she is an editorial board member of Social Psychology Quarterly , an Advisory Editor for The Sociological Quarterly , and an Associate Editor of Symbolic Interaction and Journal of Contemporary Ethnography .

Preface to the Second Edition
Issues in Studying Social Problems
Examining Social Problems
What Is a Social Problem?
Social Problems as Objective Conditions
The Construction of Social Life and Social Problems
Social Construction Questions about Social Problems
An Invitation to Social Construction Perspectives on Social Problems
Claims-Makers and Audiences
Claims and Claims-Making
Audiences
Claims-Makers and the Social Problems Industry
Social Problems Activists as Claims-Makers
Scientists as Claims-Makers
Mass Media as Claims-Makers
Relationships among Claims-Makers
Social Problem Claims-Makers and Audiences
Constructing Packages of Claims
Constructing Conditions
The Social Contexts of Social Problems Work
Social Problems Work: Constructing Grounds
Social Problems Work: Constructing Diagnostic Frames
Social Problems Work: Constructing Motivational Frames Appealing to Logic
Social Problems Work: Constructing Social Problem Ownership
The Social Problems Work of Constructing Conditions
Constructing People
Social Problems Work: Constructing Motivational Frames Appealing to Emotion
Social Problems Work: Constructing Victims Deserving Sympathy
Social Problems Work: Constructing Villains Deserving Condemnation
Social Problems Work: Packaging Claims As Stories
The Social Problems Work of Constructing People
Constructing Solutions
Constructing Prognostic Frames
The Social Contexts of Public Policy
Social Problems Work: Government Policy Construction
Social Problems Work and Cultural Change
The Social Problems Work of Constructing Solutions
From Social Constructions to Social Actions
Social Problems and Everyday Life
Successful Claims and Social Change
Social Problems Work in Daily Life
Personal Identities and Collective Identities
Social Problems and Social Change
Social Problems and Troubled People
Social Problems Formula Stories and the Troubled Persons Industry
Workers and Clients in the Troubled Persons Industry
Social Problems Work: Categorizing Potential Clients
Social Problems Work: Encouraging Identity Change
The Troubled Persons Industry and Reproducing Social Problems
Social Problems and Social Interventions
Evaluating Constructionist Perspectives on Social Problems
Objectivist and Constructionist Perspectives on Social Problems
Lessons Learned from Constructionist Perspectives on Social Problems
Practical Actors and Social Problems
Social Construction Theories and Issues
Justifications for Social Construction Perspectives on Social Problems
Challenges to Constructionist Theory
References
Index

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