Social Problems Midterm Study Guide

Social Problems Midterm Study Guide - Social Problems...

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Social Problems Midterm Study Guide: March 13 th Social Problem - Social condition of pattern/behavior that people believe warrants public concern or collective action. -Systematically disadvantages/harms a significant number of people whether they realize it or not. -Requires social group action to be resolved. -Social in there causes, consequences and sources of possible solution. -Are constantly changing and are dynamic. Verstehen -Understanding or gaining insight enables individuals to see the world as others see and emphasize with them. -Helps us develop sociological imagination. Sociological Imagination (C Wright Mills) -The ability to see the relationship between individual experiences and the larger society. - Mergers together history/personal biography. - Troubles = individual private matter Issues = transcend the individual, become public. - Mills said: in order to truly understand how society works, you have to understand the individuals that make it up. To understand the individuals, you must understand their society. Class System -A system of inequality based on the ownership/control of resources and on the type of work that people do. -What you have, what you do, what you own. 3 Important characteristics 1.Social Stratification: hierarchy, ranking of people 2.Social Mobility: up/down movement that you are going to have during life. 3.Life Chances: the extent to which individuals will have to resources such as food, shelter, clothing, education and health care. Welfare - Welfare is government programs that provide certain services and benefits to people that can not afford services on their own. - Who receives welfare: 90% women, 92% legal US citizens. History of Welfare 1rst wave: Roosevelt and the Great Depression 2 nd wave: 1964 economic opportunity act and the war on poverty 3 rd wave: Regan and Bush administration cutbacks 4 th wave: 1996 personal responsibility and work opportunity reconciliation act passed by
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Clinton. Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act Beneficial b/c: - in 2002 welfare rolls were less than half their size in 1996 -65% of all people who left welfare are now employed -poverty rate among female headed household dropped 8%. lowest since 1959 -hardship among single mothers and their children declined -allowed states to use the money to address their unique issues and spend more on actual support and training programs. Not Beneficial b/c: - success is only temporary - forces people into low paying jobs (average wage is 7$/hour) -creates welfare: employment cycle -just one pay check away from poverty, homelessness ect. -pressure and stress to conform to rules and regulations -some families are woes off than before. History of racial groups in the US
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This test prep was uploaded on 04/09/2008 for the course SOCY 1051 taught by Professor Burgess,gu during the Winter '08 term at Colorado.

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