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Social Problems SOCY 2031 Spring 2010 Reading and Lecture Notes: Best Similar to Mills’ point about the big picture, Best says we make the mistake of seeing social problems as objective conditions rather than as consequences of our actions Two issues are important in Best: Declaring war on social problems is influenced by American experiences with war and the militarization of American society coming out of WWII. Declaring war as a metaphor and strategy doesn’t work effectively at solving social problem Best War on Social Problems 1) Declaring war on social problems is influenced by American experiences with war and the militarization of American society coming out of WWII. Campaign language is familiar to Americans and the approach is effective gaining public attention and political support. In the competition for attention it works for the careers of politicians as it provides a means to show leadership and it works for the
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Unformatted text preview: media to present issues in dramatic form. It also works for the public by allowing people to take the role of hero and feel good about their own beliefs and values 2) Declaring war as a metaphor and strategy doesn’t work effectively at solving social problems because issues are misframed, solutions are destined to fail and public support is eventually exhausted. Ultimately society does not get its solution nor do the people affected by the social problem get any improvement in their condition. Assumptions: • The problem is simple • Action against an evil enemy is justified • The combatants feel righteous • Everyone is united – failure to support amounts to treason • All costs are justified • The conflict will be won Problems: • Complexity: • Victory • Duration • Unity...
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