Social Problems

ISBN-10: 0393918637
ISBN-13: 9780393918632
Edition: 2nd 2013
Authors: Joel Best
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Description: Updated with over 60 new examples and case studies, Social Problems shows how activists, experts, and their opponents frame social problems through the logic that they use; the rhetoric of claims-making; and the ways that access to resources  More...

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Book details

List price: $49.70
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 4/27/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 300
Size: 5.47" wide x 8.19" long x 0.79" tall
Weight: 1.210
Language: English

Updated with over 60 new examples and case studies, Social Problems shows how activists, experts, and their opponents frame social problems through the logic that they use; the rhetoric of claims-making; and the ways that access to resources determines who gets their claims heard. Drawing on social constructionist theory, the idea that our experience of reality is created through the interaction and participation of individuals and groups, Joel Best helps readers understand the complex competitive process through which problems emerge. In order to help students connect theory to everyday life, Joel Best fills the book with colorful examples and case studies from the real world.

Joel Best is Professor of Sociology & Criminal Justice at the University of Delaware. He has published more than twenty books on social problems and deviance, including Threatened Children , Random Violence , Damned Lies and Statistics , and The Student Loan Mess (with Eric Best.)

Figures
Boxes
A Note to the Reader
Acknowledgments
The Social Problems Process
Claims
Case Study Making Claims about Problem Animals and Animal Problems
Activists as Claimsmakers
Case Study Mobilizing against Homophobic Bullying
Experts as Claimsmakers
Case Study The Autism Epidemic and Disputes over Expertise
The Media and Claims
Case Study Reporting about Risk
Public Reaction
Case Study Public Reactions to Immigration
Policymaking
Case Study Health Care as a Policy Challenge
Social Problems Work
Case Study Loan Applications and Financial Collapse
Policy Outcomes
Case Study Technological Change and Policy Outcomes
Claims across Space and Time
Case Study Sexual Trafficking across Space and Time
The Uses of the Constructionist Stance
Glossary
References
Index

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