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Study of Social Problems Seven Perspectives

ISBN-10: 0195142195

ISBN-13: 9780195142198

Edition: 6th 2003 (Revised)

Authors: Earl Rubington, Martin S. Weinberg

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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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Book details

List price: $49.95
Edition: 6th
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 8/1/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 384
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

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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