2 - who are poor. • William Ryan described the process of...

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2) The Conflict Perspective views social stratification as avoidable, unnecessary, and not promoting the optimal functioning of society. • Stratification is created and maintained by classes and powerful groups in order to protect and enhance their interests; focuses on competition over scarce societal resources (e.g., power, wealth, and prestige). • The risk of poverty is far greater for certain groups of people—racial minorities and women—than others. Single mothers, for example, are ten times more likely than single fathers to be poor. 3) Symbolic Interactionism focuses on the meanings that people attach to those
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Unformatted text preview: who are poor. • William Ryan described the process of blaming the victim, where one finds the cause of a social problem in the behavior of people who suffer from it. Blaming the victim comes easily in a society that stresses individual responsibility. This process of blaming involves four steps: 1) Pick a social problem (e.g., poverty) 2) Decide how people who suffer from the problem differ from everyone else (e.g., dress, language, education, housing) 3) Define these differences as the cause of the problem 4) Respond to the problem by trying to change the victim rather than changing the larger society...
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This note was uploaded on 11/08/2011 for the course SCIE SYG2000 taught by Professor Bernhardt during the Fall '10 term at Broward College.

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