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Lecture 1

SOC 1020 Lecture 1: Lecture 1/23

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SOC 1020
Michaela Ruppert

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Lecture 1/23 Tuesday, January 23, 2018 12:30 PM Review: What is a social problem? A condition that is harmful to society Terms "society" and "harm" aren't completely clear Example of how one persons harmful condition is another's beneft IR POLLUTION Commonly accepted definitions: Social problems exist when there is a sizeable difference between the ideals of a society and its actual achievement Failure to close the gap (see notes) Objective - actual statistic proof Gun statistics, poverty line, measurable differences Subjective aspect of social problems - "the points is not so much that some conditions cause harm, but that people think of some conditions as being harmful" Subjective aspects Relativity of definit what may be harmful to some is not harmful to others Lack of consensus Theory of social constructionism Describe the process by which people define a social problem into existence Example: money- we give it meaning/value Weak dependent on root facts (brute facts - dont rely on anything else) Brute facts vs institutional facts Strong The whole of reality depends on language and habits/actions, no brute facts Social problems aren't a type of social condition, but rather a process of responding to social conditions. Most important American values (according to me): Freedom
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