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Updated with over 60 new examples and case studies, Social Problems shows how activists, experts, and their opponents frame social problems through the logic that they use; the rhetoric of claims-making; and the ways that access to resources determines who gets their claims heard. Drawing on social constructionist theory, the idea that our experience of reality is created through the interaction and participation of individuals and groups, Joel Best helps readers understand the complex competitive process through which problems emerge. In order to help students connect theory to everyday life, Joel Best fills the book with colorful examples and case studies from the real world.
Table of Contents
A Note to the Reader
The Social Problems Process
Case Study Making Claims about Problem Animals and Animal Problems
Activists as Claimsmakers
Case Study Mobilizing against Homophobic Bullying
Experts as Claimsmakers
Case Study The Autism Epidemic and Disputes over Expertise
The Media and Claims
Case Study Reporting about Risk
Case Study Public Reactions to Immigration
Case Study Health Care as a Policy Challenge
Social Problems Work
Case Study Loan Applications and Financial Collapse
Case Study Technological Change and Policy Outcomes
Claims across Space and Time
Case Study Sexual Trafficking across Space and Time
The Uses of the Constructionist Stance
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