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LECTURE 1 ON 1 - • Public Issues vs Private trouble...

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LECTURE 1 ON 1/10/11 Eary U.S. sociologists: Social Pathologists Applied a medical model to social pathology Social problems resulted from “bad” people Assumed norms were universally held 1920’s and 1930’s Focused on conditions of society that fostered social problems (Sandy Anderson) o Rapid social change, migration, industrialization Historical Theories of Social Problems Focus on the subjective nature of social problems o What is defined as a social problem varies by place and time
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Unformatted text preview: • Public Issues vs Private trouble Defining Social Problems • Objective reality of social problems o There are real problems in society that cause social, physical and economical conditions o Social conditions which induce material or psychic suffering and limit opportunities o Discrepancies between values and actual conditions • The dangers and limits of objectivity...
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