13 - Defining Social Problems important Objective Definition Social problems are any conditions that have negative consequences for individuals or

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Defining Social Problems**** important Objective Definition: Social problems are any conditions that have negative consequences for individuals or society. Misleading: its not always reality, people could perceive things to bigger or smaller issues than they actual. Crime rate was going down, but worry of crime was going up Limitations to this: Not all harmful issues receive the same sort of attention(Aids) Too vague Different explanations/accounts for why a condition is negative Subjective Definition: social problems are a condition/issue that some group of people perceive to be negative Focus on the process Social problems are the activities of individuals or groups making assertions of grievances and claims with respect to some putative conditions. There are people that are trying to make it a social problem Misleading? Better? Process that makes it a social problem Social Constructionism: Theory that focuses on the process of how individuals assign meaning to the world. Framework to think abut how problems go on the social agenda
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This note was uploaded on 10/19/2011 for the course SOCIOLOGY 103 taught by Professor Kimberlylyons during the Fall '09 term at UMass (Amherst).

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13 - Defining Social Problems important Objective Definition Social problems are any conditions that have negative consequences for individuals or

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