Wednesday, October 4, 2017
Professor C. Collver
Understanding Social Problems
* Critical Literature Review November 1 @ 5:00pm.
What is a social problem?
Social problem exists when:
A sufficiently powerful population becomes collectively aware of conditions it
considers to be threatening to its well-being.
Sets out to alter those conditions so as to reduce the perceived threat.
Social problems require:
A collective set of values.
Awareness of the condition.
Sufficient power to act.
Movie- Noam Chomsky
The fact of inequality has a harmful corrosive effect on democracy.
In a democracy, public opinion has an effect on policy.
Privileged and powerful sectors have never liked democracy takes power away from
Concentration of wealth yields concentration of power a vicious cycle.
Adam Smith calls them the master of mankind. The merchant = business men.
>> Principle 1
Clash b/w pressure for freedom/democracy and the powers that control it.
James Maddison felt that the US should be designed so that power is in the hands of the
wealthy. Maddison believed these wealthy men had sympathy for others.
System was set up to prevent democracy.
Aristotle proposed a welfare state to try and reduce inequality.
1960s had significant democratization.
>> Principle 2 Shape Ideology
Lewis F. Powell believed businesses were in trouble.