Social Problems - Subjective and Objective Understandings...

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Social Problems Darryl Hall Studying Social Problems • A social problem is a condition that undermines the well-being of some or all members of a society and that is usually a matter of public controversy. • Because any issue affects various segments of our population differently, almost nothing is harmful to everyone (e.g., governmental regulation of pollution is a problem to certain business owners, but pollution itself is a problem faced by others)
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Unformatted text preview: Subjective and Objective Understandings of Social Problems The subjective thesis asserts that social problems exist only insofar as people are aware of them. The objective thesis states that the existence of social problems depends on facts, not public awareness. The reality of a social problem is partly a matter of objective facts and partly a matter of how individuals subjectively interpret these facts....
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