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Social Problems

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University of British Columbia
SOCI 100
Debra Pentecost

January 2, 2013 Social Problems: An introduction to Critical Constructionism - Robert Herner Social Problem - A phenomenon regarded as bad or undesirable by a significant number of people or a number of significant people who mobilize to eliminate it Social Movement Organization - Group mobilizes to eliminate social problem o To understand why a group forms, we must understand the social structure - Social structure = total of individuals, groups & institutions in society and the relationships between them o Sociologists assume rules govern these relationships o Job of sociology is to study and describe these rules Social Problem Perspective - A phenomenon does not become a social problem because of its inherent badness - Instead: o Due to factors external to problem rooted in social structure & social movement organization 2 Questions: 1. Why does a seemingly harmful phenomenon that has been around for a long time suddenly achieve the status of a social problem? Why all of a sudden? - E.g. child abuse 2. Why are some seemingly harmful phenomenon considered social problems while others are not? Why this and not that? - E.g. street crime versus corporate crime Other example: - Potential social problems vs. Actual soci
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