1.27.11_Social Problems Process Class Notes

1.27.11_Social Problems Process Class Notes - Sociological...

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Sociological Analysis of Social Problems Professor Joanna Kempner What is a social problem? January 27, 2011
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Class outline What is a social problem? -Objective approach -Subjective approach -The social problems process
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Objectivist definition “A social problem is a condition that undermines the wellbeing of some or all members of a society and that is usually a matter of public controversy.”
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Objectivist facts “39% of all driving deaths are alcohol related.” -National Highway Traffic Administration “Drivers that use cell phones are four times as likely to get into crashes serious enough to injure themselves.” -NHTSA, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety “SUV-to-car collisions are six times more likely to kill the occupants of the smaller vehicle when compared to a normal car-to-car collision.” --NHTSA, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety
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Problems with objectivist approach 1. Social problems are too broad to find a substantive common theme. Normal definition might be: “issue that
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This note was uploaded on 10/20/2011 for the course SOCIOLOGY 920:103 taught by Professor Kempner during the Spring '11 term at Rutgers.

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