Political symbolism & Social Probs

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Political symbolism & Social Probs Tuesday, April 03, 2012 10:52 AM Reality checking device - susannahertrich.com (informationisbeautiful.net] Social construction of problems o Look at the levels of public outrage (how often we talk about it/hear about it) vs. actual hazard; many are not balanced Where do social problems come from? o Not just "a problem in society" What is a social problem? o Merits public attention: "someone ought to do something" Could be from politicians, non-profit organizations o Public (not private individ) should decide solution Private: friend and you fighting Public: crime rates, drug addiction rates o Controversial: competing viewpoints On what prob is and how we should solve it Social Prob example: Look at gun crime -> huge on public outrage o How to solve it? Gun control laws on national level - a public solution o However, it's still controversial…still NRA can fight b/c it's in the Constitution ("right to bear arms") Past Social Problems o Racial Integration Ppl thought it was bad for society if race was mixed Implementation is still in the works - stereotypes still exist o Women voting -> almost 150yrs after men could Ppl didn't think women were competent enough o
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