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Social Problems Constructionist Readings

ISBN-10: 0202307034

ISBN-13: 9780202307039

Edition: 2003

Authors: Joel Best, Donileen Loseke, Donileen Loseke

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List price: $46.95
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 3/31/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

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.)

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
Examining Social Problems
Introduction
The Changing Meanings of Spanking
Bullying as a Social Problem in Great Britain
The Problem with the Earthquake Problem
Reality Television Constructs Crime
Claims-Makers and Audiences
Introduction
Audiences Evaluate Statistics
Promoters of Hate Crime Legislation
Psychiatrists Construct Homosexuality
Television Talk Shows Construct Morality
Constructing Conditions
Introduction
Smoking Problems in Japan
Crime Frames and their Sponsors
Framing in the Fathers' Rights Movement
Factory Farming as a Social Problem
Constructing People
Introduction
The Rhetorical Appeal of Random Violence
Prostitutes Respond to AIDS
Science Constructs PMS
Multicultural Education as Moral Drama
Constructing Solutions
Introduction
The Homeless Mentally Ill and Involuntary Hospitalization
Constructing a War on Drugs
Urine Testing and Social Control
The Size Acceptance Movement
Social Problems and Everyday Life
Introduction
Constructing the Need for "Low Fat" Food
Pregnant Women as a Social Problem
Constructing Sexually Marginalized Catholics
The Beliefs of Recovery Religion
Social Problems and Troubled People
Introduction
Medicalizing Childhood
Teaching Gifted Children
Constructing Insanity in Involuntary Commitment Hearings
Formula Stories and Support Groups for Battered Women
Evaluating Constructionist Perspectives on Social Problems
Introduction
"Crack Babies" and the Politics of Mothering
The Symbolic Meanings of "Pedophile Priests"
Horror Stories and the Construction of Child Abuse
Constructing the "Jewish Problem" in Nazi Germany