SocProb - Social Problems Study Questions Exam 1 1 What is...

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Social Problems Study Questions – Exam 1 1. What is a social problem? How do objective and subjective views of social problems differ? Definition: “A social condition that a segment of society views as harmful to members of society  and is need of remedy.” A social problem is an issue that occurs within a society that affects different individuals, groups,  or the society as a whole. That society then tries to fix that issue. The  objective  view believes that the problem exists. The  subjective  view believes that the problem is harmful and needs to be remedied. 2. What are the different elements of social structure? Of culture? Give examples. Social Structure:     1)  Institutions education     2)  Social groups  – 2+ people w/a common identity and form a social relationship     3)  Statuses  – position a person occupies w/in a social group     4)  Roles Culture:     1)  Beliefs     2)  Values      3)  Norms and Sanctions  – socially defined rules of behavior     4)  Symbols  – something that represents something else 3. Describe the major ideas of the symbolic interactionist, structural-fuctional, and conflict perspectives.  What are the key differences b/w the SF, C and SI theoretical perspectives? Symbolic Interactionist         - “emphasizes the importance of definitions and meanings that are created and maintained  through symbolic interactions w/others”     - more about interpersonal, or between individuals, not societies     - Theories            labeling theory : social condition is viewed as a problem if it is labeled that way, resolving  the problem can be as easy as changing the definition            social constructionalism : reality is socially constructed by individuals who interpret the  social world around them Structural-Functionalist Perspective         - “society is a system of interconnected parts that work harmoniously to maintain a state of      - the structure of the society works together to make the society function properly     - one influences the other     - Theories            social pathology : sickness in the society 1
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This note was uploaded on 04/10/2008 for the course SOC 120 taught by Professor Sikora during the Fall '08 term at Ill. Wesleyan.

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