What is a Social Problem

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What is a Social Problem?
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Social problems defined Social Problem : a social condition that has negative consequences for individuals, our social world, or our physical world. The “objective” reality of a social problem : some aspects of a social problem can be proven by the collection of data. E.g. The Center for Disease Control released that by the end of 2003, 1.2 million Americans were living with HIV/AIDS
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Defining a social problem Social Constructionism” (Berger & Luckmann, 1966): our world is a social creation, created from our everyday thoughts and actions. Not based on our biological standards There is no singular “reality” to defining social problems E.g. HIV/AIDS has both objective & subjective dimensions
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social theories for social problems: Functional Structuralism Functional-Structuralism examines the functions (or consequences) of the structure of society Basic Belief : Society is made up of inter-related parts that depend on one another to maintain order in society Society is the product of the agreed upon norms and values of its individuals. Society is like a puzzle – each individual must play by the rules so that society can function
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social theories for social problems: Functional Structuralism Society is like the human body: Just as the human body has essential organs, each with a specific function, society has “organs” that help it run: the institutions of family, economy, politics, education, religion, etc. E.g. The institution of family maintains the health and socialization of our young; the institution of education provides knowledge and skills that we’ll need to work and enter
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problems: Functional Structuralism They believe that social problems are
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