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Sociological Analysis of Social Problems February 3, 2011 Professor Joanna Kempner Analyzing Claims
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Class Overview 1. What makes claims so important to analyze? 2. How do we begin to analyze a claim? 3. What makes a claim more/less believable?
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“Every year since 1950, the number of American children gunned down has doubled.”
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Valence vs Position Issues Valence issue: An issue that is uniformly liked or disliked among the electorate claims made about valence issues are much less likely to be viewed with skepticism Position issue: An issue for which there is deep division among the electorate
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Rule 1: Analyzing social problems Social problems compete for attention in a “social problems marketplace.”
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Rule 2: Analyzing social problems Social problems are identified and formed by claims that use rhetorical devices to persuade us 1) that there is a problem and 2) how to make sense of this problem Grounds * Warrants* Conclusions
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Grounds (defining the problem) Name the problem – “child abuse”; “obesity”;
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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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