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The Study of Social Problems: Seven Perspectives

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This critically acclaimed volume delineates seven sociological perspectives used to examine social problems--social pathology, social disorganization, value conflict, deviant behavior, labeling, the critical perspective, and social constructionism. Unlike most introductory texts, which are organized topically around issues such as drug abuse, racial violence, and juvenile delinquency, this anthology focuses on the major theoretical 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. For this edition, the editors have significantly updated the text, the readings, and the annotated references. New selections cover such topics as the decline of a Black community, white-collar crime, the devaluation of women, the universalization of social problems, how to successfully construct a social problem, and child sexual abuse. Long a standard in its field, The Study of Social Problems, 6/e, is an indispensable volume for building a strong theoretical foundation in courses on social problems.

Table of Contents


1 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


2 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, Samuel Smith

The Criminal as a Born Criminal Type, Cesare Lombroso and William Ferrero

The Child Savers, Anthony M. Platt

A Universal Criterion of Pathology, Vytautas Kavolis

The Pursuit of Loneliness, Philip Slater

The Moral Premises of Social Pathology, Carl M. Rosenquist

Questions for Discussion

Selected References

3 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, Robert E. Park

The Ecology of Urban Disorganization, Robert E. L. Faris and H. Warren Dunham

Family Disorganization, W. I. Thomas and Florian Znaniecki

The Decline of a Black Community, Elijah Anderson

A Disorganizing Concept, Marshall B. Clinard

Questions for Discussion

Selected References

4 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, Richard C. Fuller and Richard R. Myers

The Stages of a Social Problem, Richard C. Fuller and Richard R. Myers

Values, Politics, and Social Problems, Joseph A. Gusfield

Words Without Deeds, Willard Waller

A Critique of the Value Conflict Perspective, Kenneth Westhues

Questions for Discussion

Selected References

5 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, Marshall B. Clinard

Learning to Be Deviant, Edwin H. Sutherland and Donald R. Cressey

A Theory of White Collar Crime, Edwin H. Sutherland

Anomie: Theory and Fact, Marshall B. Clinard

An Evaluation of the Theory of Differential Association, Donald R. Cressey

Questions for Discussion

Selected References

6 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, Howard S. Becker

Primary and Secondary Deviation, Edwin M. Lemert

The Devaluation of Women, Edwin M. Schur

The Saints and the Roughnecks, William J. Chambliss

A Critique of Labeling, Gwynn Nettler

Questions for Discussion

Selected References

7 Critical Perspective.

The Main Idea of the Critical Perspective

The Social Sources of the Critical Perspective

Characteristics of the Critical Perspective

Summary and Conclusion

Crime and the Development of Capitalism, Richard Quinney

Toward a Political Economy of Crime, William J. Chambliss

Repression and Criminal Justice in Capitalist America, Raymond J. Michalowski and Edward W. Bohlander

The Universalization of Social Problems, David Wagner

Evaluating the Critical Perspective, Marshall B. Clinard and Robert F. Meier

Questions for Discussion

Selected References

8 Social Constructionism.

The Labeling Perspective: The Critique from Outside

The Rise of Social Constructionism

Constructionism's Growth, Development, and Change

Characteristics of the Constructionist Perspective

Summary and Conclusion

The Definition of Social Problems, John I. Kitsuse and Malcolm Spector

How to Successfully Construct a Social Problem, Donileen R. Loseke

Victimization and the Victim Industry, Joel Best

Culture and the Case of Child Sexual Abuse, Katherine Beckett

Constructionism in Context, Joel Best

Questions for Discussion

Selected References


9 A Sociological review of the Perspectives.

The Seven Perspectives


The Dual Mandate and Sociological Perspectives

Society, Sociology, and the Study of Social Problems

Questions for Discussion

Selected References

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Seven Perspectives
Rubington, Earl
Rubington, Earl
Weinberg, Martin S.
Weinberg, Martin S.
null, Earl
null, Martin S.
Rubington, Earl
Weinberg, Martin S.
Oxford University Press
New York
Sociology - General
Social problems
Public Policy - Social Services & Welfare
Sociology | Theory
Sociology | Social Problems
Sociology | Theory and Methods
Sociology -- United States.
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