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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