Reading and Lecture Notes - Luker

Reading and Lecture - Social Problems SOCY 2031 Spring 2010 Reading and Lecture Notes Luker Effective illustration of the material grounding of

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Social Problems SOCY 2031 Spring 2010 Reading and Lecture Notes: Luker Effective illustration of the material grounding of society (culture shaped by real conditions, real history, real events meaning is shaped, not detached or randomly evolving) Conditions Dialectic Beliefs (two things moving together influencing each other) Economic forces shaping social norms Conditions encourage constructions of meaning 1960’s – a period of relative prosperity at the end of post-WWII boom. More resources, less conflict, less division in social goals (less conflict): Public perception of teen pregnancy as social problem minimal (no problem): Slowing economy mid- 70’s to 90’s – more social conflict, more division in social goals: A change in economy shapes change in society Middle-class (representative norm) Finding and keeping good jobs more difficult Middle-class adapts through delayed gratification: postpone childbearing limiting children forming two-earner households saving for home Teen Pregnancy does not conform to changing norms: not delaying gratification Not postponing childbearing Not investing in future education, marriage, self-sufficiency Middle-class develops increasingly negative view of entitlements Welfare recipients, particular teen mothers seen as relying on entitlements increasingly associated with personal and tangible middle- class costs and discourse shifts to ‘tax relief’ Author argues both sides of political isle exploit the issue but with myopic perceptions Both rely on ‘rational actor’ model
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This note was uploaded on 02/28/2010 for the course SOCY SOCY - 203 taught by Professor Brianhawkins during the Spring '10 term at University of Colombo.

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Reading and Lecture - Social Problems SOCY 2031 Spring 2010 Reading and Lecture Notes Luker Effective illustration of the material grounding of

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