Summary: 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.
Summary: 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. ...show less
Edition/Copyright:6TH 03 Cover: Paperback Publisher:Oxford University Press Published: 08/28/2002 International: No
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Rubington, Earl (Ed.) : Northeastern University (Emeritus)
Weinberg, Martin S. (Ed.) : Indiana University
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I. THE PROBLEM
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
II. THE PERSPECTIVES
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
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
III. THE PROSPECTS
9 A Sociological review of the Perspectives.
The Seven Perspectives Applicability The Dual Mandate and Sociological Perspectives Society, Sociology, and the Study of Social Problems Questions for Discussion Selected References
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