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SYG 2010 Lecture 1: sociology midterm study guide

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1. What are the differences between the various conceptual approaches to social problems? Two main conceptual approaches are used to analyze social problems and, sometimes, one • hybrid approach Objectivist • -Social problems are conditions identified by scientific inquiry as detrimental to human well-being (manis) -Focuses on harmful or threatening conditions in the observable world -Social problems assumed to exist independently of public awareness or social concern about the conditions -Assumes that social scientists are capable of identifying and measuring social problems and the harm form social problems even if the public or policy makers do not view these conditions as problematic -The “scope” (prevalence) is large or growing rapidly • Constructivist (or subjectivist) -Uniquely sociological -Social problems are “activities of individuals or groups making assertio
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