Thinking About Social Problems
An Introduction to Constructionist Perspectives

 

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Thinking About Social Problems
An Introduction to Constructionist Perspectives

by Donileen R. Loseke (Author)

 

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ISBN: 9780202306841

 

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This text discusses how images of social problems can shape public policy, social services, and how we make sense of ourselves and others. It advocates social change through identity transformation rather than through structural change and emphasizes the role of emotions in this.


Like the first edition of this distinctive and widely adopted textbook, the new second edition brings into the classroom an overview of how images of social problems can shape not only public policy and social services, but also the ways in which we make sense of ourselves and others. It introduces two primary changes from the first edition. First, this edition devotes some attention to the "new social movements" that emphasize social change through identity transformation rather than through structural change. Second, it also looks more closely at the importance of emotions in constructing public consciousness of social problems. Although Thinking About Social Problems can be used as a stand-alone short text and a corrective on received notions of studying the objective indicators of one problem a week, Donileen Loseke and Joel Best have provided an accompanying reader, Social Problems: Constructionist Readings, which can be used by those who wish to teach the course with reference to empirical examples of social problems examined from constructionist perspectives. Finally, an instructor's manual on a CD-ROM will be available for instructors who adopt the new edition.


 

ISBN 202306844
ISBN13 9780202306841
Publisher AldineTransaction
Format Paperback
Publication date 31/03/2003
Pages 250
Weight (grammes) 323
Published in United States
Height (mm) 229
Width (mm) 152