The Study of Social Problems: Seven Perspectives by Earl Rubington

The Study of Social Problems: Seven Perspectives

byEarl Rubington, Martin S. Weinberg

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Now in its seventh edition, The Study of Social Problems uses seven sociological perspectives - social pathology, social disorganization, value conflict, deviant behavior, labeling, the critical perspective, and social constructionism - to examine social problems. Focusing on theory, thiscritically acclaimed anthology distinguishes itself from other texts, which are organized topically. Each section opens with an overview of the perspective's major contributors, its history, and its main characteristics and closes with a critique of the perspective and questions for discussion.Thirty-six readings drawn from a wide range of primary sources illustrate and expand upon the key elements of each approach. Long a standard in its field, The Study of Social Problems, Seventh Edition, is an affordable, comprehensive, and indispensable volume for social problems courses.

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Earl Rubington is Professor Emeritus of Sociology at Northeastern University. Martin S. Weinberg is Professor of Sociology at Indiana University.
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Title:The Study of Social Problems: Seven PerspectivesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:416 pages, 9.25 × 6.13 × 0.68 inPublished:November 2, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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*=New to this EditionChapter 2-9 end with Questions for Discussion and Selected References.PrefacePart I. The Problem1. Social Problems and SociologyThe Definition of a Social Problem, The Development of American Sociology, Sociological Perspectives on Social Problems, Plan of the Book, Summary and Conclusion, Selected ReferencesPart II. The Perspectives2. Social PathologyThe Concept of Social Problems, Roots of the Social Pathology Perspective, Changes in the Social Pathology Perspective, Characteristics of the Social Pathology Perspective, Summary and ConclusionSamuel Smith: The Organic AnalogyAnthony M. Platt: The Child SaversVytautas Kavolis: A Universal Criterion of PathologyDalton Conley: The Pathology of Everyday LifeCarl M. Rosenquist: The Moral Premises of Social Pathology3. Social DisorganizationProblems of Society, Problems of the Discipline, Differences Between the Pathology and the Disorganization Perspectives, The Major Social Disorganization Theorists, Characteristics of the Social Disorganization Perspective, Summary and ConclusionRobert E. Park: Social Change and Social DisorganizationRobert E. L. Faris and H. Warren Dunham: The Ecology of Urban DisorganizationW. I. Thomas and Florian Znaniecki: Family DisorganizationElijah Anderson: The Decline of a Black CommunityMarshall B. Clinard: A Disorganizing Concept4. Value ConflictConflict Theorists and the Formulation of the Value Conflict Perspective, Characteristics of the Value Conflict Perspective, Summary and ConclusionRichard C. Fuller and Richard R. Myers: The Conflict of ValuesRichard C. Fuller and Richard R. Myers: The Stages of a Social ProblemJanice M. Irvine: * Sexual Education and Value ConflictWillard Waller: Words Without DeedsKenneth Westhues: A Critique of the Value Conflict Perspective5. Deviant BehaviorThe Refocusing of Sociological Thought, Roots in Classical Theory, The Development of Anomie Theory, The Development of Differential Association Theory, Characteristics of the Deviant Behavior Perspective, Summary and ConclusionMarshall B. Clinard: Robert Merton: Anomie and Social StructureEdwin H. Sutherland and Donald R. Cressey: Learning to Be DeviantPatricia A. Adler and Peter Adler: * Self-Injury and a New Form of Differential AssociationMarshall B. Clinard: Anomie: Theory and FactDonald R. Cressey: An Evaluation of the Theory of Differential Association6. LabelingFocus and Concerns of the Labeling Perspective, The Discipline and Its Problems, Philosophical Sources of the Labeling Perspective, Founders of the Labeling Perspective, Characteristics of the Labeling Perspective, Summary and ConclusionHoward S. Becker: OutsidersEdwin M. Lemert: Primary and Secondary DeviationAlice Fothergill: * The Stigma of CharityWilliam J. Chambliss: The Saints and the RoughnecksJoel Best: * Attacks on Labeling Theory7. Critical PerspectiveThe Main Idea of the Critical Perspective, The Social Sources of the Critical Perspective, Characteristics of the Critical Perspective, Summary and ConclusionRichard Quinney: Crime and the Development of CapitalismWilliam J. Chambliss: Toward a Political Economy of CrimeAllan G. Johnson: * Capitalism and the Problems of Class, Race, and GenderJudy Root Aulette and Raymond Michalowski: * The Case of a State-Corporate CrimeMarshall B. Clinard and Robert F. Meier: Evaluating the Critical Perspective8. Social ConstructionismThe Labeling Perspective: The Critique from Outside, The Rise of Social Constructionism, Constructionism's Growth, Development, and Change, Characteristics of the Constructionist Perspective, Summary and ConclusionJohn I. Kitsuse And Malcolm Spector: The Definition of Social ProblemsDonileen R. Loseke: How to Successfully Construct a Social ProblemKen Plummer: * Changing Constructions of RapeJoel Best: * Claims About ImmigrationJoel Best: Constructionism in ContextPart III. The Prospects9. A Sociological Review of the PerspectivesThe Seven Perspectives, Applicability, Combining PerspectivesAustin Turk: * The Social Problem of TerrorismThe Dual Mandate and Sociological Perspectives, Society, Sociology, and the Study of Social Problems