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Florida State University Department of Sociology SYG 2010-Social Problems Dr. Gloria Lessan Definitions of Social Problems 1) Societal conditions deemed by people as problematic and in need of immediate attention - Consensus on the existence of harmful situations - Need for intervention - Changeable situation - Societal approach
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2) Social conditions which according to influential groups are harmful or potentially harmful to large segment of the population, thus, requiring collective action for its solution - Current social condition is harmful - Defined by groups with social clout
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Group influence varies by size, degree of organization,
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Unformatted text preview: amount of resources, and access to power-The size of the population affected is large or “made appear” large, significant, and dangerous-The harm and size of those affected make the situation expansive and pervasive 3) Undesirable situations that concern or affect large number of people, have social causes, and require society-at-large solutions-Social problems are cause-effect processes + Scientific knowledge of causes + Science-based knowledge of how-to design/implement solutions - Social change is feasible- Social change implies Progress...
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