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The Sociology of Social Problems

The Sociology of Social Problems
Theoretical Perspectives and Methods of Intervention

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  • Date Published: October 1998
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521599320

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  • Social problems such as unemployment, poverty and drug addiction are a fact of life in industrialised societies. This book examines the sociology of social problems from interesting and challenging perspectives. It analyses how social problems emerge and are defined as such, who takes responsibility for them, who is threatened by them and how they are managed, solved or ignored. The authors examine and critique existing theories of social problems before developing their own theoretical framework. Their 'theory of residualist conversion of social problems' explains how certain social problems threaten legitimate power structures, so that problems of a social or political nature are transformed into personal problems, and the 'helping professions' are left to intervene. This book will become a key reference on class, inequality and social intervention and an important text for students in sociology and social work courses.

    • Develops interesting theoretical conception of social problems
    • Key topic in many courses discussed comprehensively
    • Social problems discussed in an Australian context, although it uses range of examples from elsewhere
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    • Date Published: October 1998
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521599320
    • length: 256 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.38kg
    • contains: 8 b/w illus. 15 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of tables
    List of figures
    Preface and acknowledgements
    1. Introduction: theoretical perspectives on social problems
    2. Contemporary perspectives on social problems
    3. Methods of intervention in social problems
    4. Social actors in social problems
    5. Challenges of contemporary social problems
    6. Social problems in the residualist conversion perspective
    7. Inequality: the underlying universal issue in social problems
    8. The social contruction of family problems
    9. The problem of social order
    10. The theory of residualist conversion: does it meet the test?
    11. Conclusions and implications
    Bibliography
    Index.

  • Authors

    Adam Jamrozik, University of South Australia

    Luisa Nocella, University of Queensland

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