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Study of Social Problems: Seven Perspectives (7TH 11 Edition)

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Now in its seventh edition, The Study of Social Problems uses seven sociological perspectives--social pathology, social disorganization, value conflict, deviant behavior, labeling, the critical perspective, and social constructionism--to examine social problems. Focusing on theory, this critically acclaimed anthology distinguishes itself from other texts, which are organized topically. Each section opens with an overview of the perspective's major contributors, its history, and its main characteristics and closes with a critique of the perspective and questions for discussion. Thirty-six readings drawn from a wide range of primary sources illustrate and expand upon the key elements of each approach.

The seventh edition features updated textual material, readings, and annotated references. Ten new contemporary selections cover the pathology of everyday life; sexual education and value conflict; self-injury and differential association; the stigma of charity; attacks on labeling theory; capitalism and the problems of class, race, and gender; state-corporate crime; changing constructions of rape; immigration; and terrorism as a social problem.

Long a standard in its field, The Study of Social Problems, Seventh Edition, is an affordable, comprehensive, and indispensable volume for social problems courses.

Synopsis:

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.

Synopsis:

This anthology uses seven theoretical perspectives to examine social problems (unlike most social problems texts, which are organized topically around issues such as drug abuse, crime, etc.). 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. This book is used in social problems courses, which is a lower-level course, but it takes a higher level approach due to its heavy focus on theory.

The book's strengths include its theoretical approach to social problems and its clear illustrations of those theories. It is well-organized, comprehensive, and affordable and also includes primary sources and scholarly articles (or excerpts thereof).

Table of Contents

*=New to this Edition

Chapter 2-9 end with Questions for Discussion and Selected References.

Preface

PART I. THE PROBLEM

Chapter 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

PART II. THE PERSPECTIVES

Chapter 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 Child Savers, Anthony M. Platt

A Universal Criterion of Pathology, Vytautas Kavolis

* The Pathology of Everyday Life, Dalton Conley

The Moral Premises of Social Pathology, Carl M. Rosenquist

Chapter 3. Social Disorganization

Problems of Society, Problems of the Discipline, Differences Between the Pathology and the Disorganization Perspectives, The Major Social Disorganization Theorists, Characteristics of the Social Disorganization Perspective, 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

Chapter 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

* Sexual Education and Value Conflict, Janice M. Irvine

Words Without Deeds, Willard Waller

A Critique of the Value Conflict Perspective, Kenneth Westhues

Chapter 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

* Self-Injury and a New Form of Differential Association, Patricia A. Adler and Peter Adler

Anomie: Theory and Fact, Marshall B. Clinard

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

Chapter 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 Conclusion

Outsiders, Howard S. Becker

Primary and Secondary Deviation, Edwin M. Lemert

* The Stigma of Charity, Alice Fothergill

The Saints and the Roughnecks, William J. Chambliss

* Attacks on Labeling Theory, Joel Best

Chapter 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

* Capitalism and the Problems of Class, Race, and Gender, Allan G. Johnson

* The Case of a State-Corporate Crime, Judy Root Aulette and Raymond Michalowski

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

Chapter 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

* Changing Constructions of Rape, Ken Plummer

* Claims About Immigration, Joel Best

Constructionism in Context, Joel Best

PART III. THE PROSPECTS

Chapter 9. A Sociological Review of the Perspectives

The Seven Perspectives, Applicability, Combining Perspectives

* The Social Problem of Terrorism, Austin Turk

The Dual Mandate and Sociological Perspectives, Society, Sociology, and the Study of Social Problems

Product Details

ISBN:
9780199731879
Author:
Rubington, Earl
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Editor:
Weinberg, Martin S.
Author:
null, Earl
Author:
Weinberg, Martin
Author:
null, Martin
Subject:
Social problems
Subject:
Sociology -- United States.
Subject:
Public Policy - Social Services & Welfare
Subject:
Sociology - General
Subject:
Sociology | Social Problems
Subject:
Sociology-Children and Family
Publication Date:
20100231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
6.1 x 9.1 x 1 in 1.25 lb

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"Synopsis" by , 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.
"Synopsis" by , This anthology uses seven theoretical perspectives to examine social problems (unlike most social problems texts, which are organized topically around issues such as drug abuse, crime, etc.). 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. This book is used in social problems courses, which is a lower-level course, but it takes a higher level approach due to its heavy focus on theory.

The book's strengths include its theoretical approach to social problems and its clear illustrations of those theories. It is well-organized, comprehensive, and affordable and also includes primary sources and scholarly articles (or excerpts thereof).

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