Sociology Index

Social Problems

Books on Social Problems

The study of social problems focuses on analyzing broader social and structural sources and contributors to issues that are problematic for and detrimental to the social health of a society, and then creating solutions based on it.

Social problems confront us everywhere. Sociologists consider a social problem to be an alleged situation that is incompatible with the values of a significant number of people who agree that action or remedy is needed to alter the situation.

How does the differential power of various social groups affect how some issues become constructed into social problems while others do not? What role do the media play in the social construction of social problems?

Studying Social Problems involes the study of all and more of the following subjects: Poverty and all types of inequality like inequality of condition, inequality of opportunity and Gender Inequality.

Research on social problems has largely overlooked a central question: What characteristics must a phenomenon possess before the general public will consider it a social problem? Answering that question will give a clear basis for predicting the outcomes of campaigns to define phenomena as social problems.

Social Problems Abstracts

W.E.B. Du Bois on the Study of Social Problems - LUCIUS T. OUTLAW, JR. 
The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, Vol. 568, No. 1, (2000). Truthful knowledge, and the importance of such knowledge for resolving social problems and thereby contributing to progressive social evolution.

The Politics of Analyzing Social Problems. 
Authors: Ross, Robert; Staines, Graham L. 
Abstract: The paper serves to point out a whole area of important political considerations in the analysis of social problems.

Social Sciences and Social Problems - The next century - Neil J. Smelser
Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford, California - International Sociology, Vol. 11.
After identifying a number of distinctive processes of social change and their associated social problems the argument turns to the role of social-science knowledge in understanding and dealing with such problems.

ASKING WHY ABOUT SOCIAL PROBLEMS: IDEOLOGY AND CAUSAL MODELS IN THE PUBLIC MIND 
Allen H. Barton 
There is a tendency to classify answers into crude dichotomies instead of exploring the public's ideas about specific causal mechanisms for social problems.

Control of Selection Effects in the Evaluation of Social Problems 
Alfred Blumstein, Jacqueline Cohen, Carnegie-Mellon University 
Evaluation Review, Vol. 3, No. 4, 583-608 (1979).

China Under Reform - Social Problems in Rural Areas 
Victor N. Shaw 
China Report, Vol. 42, No. 4, 341-368 (2006)
A systematic categorisation and description of social problems and their essential characteristics in rural regions. An analytic explanation of rural social problems in relation to larger social structures and processes. Strategies and tactics that can be taken to deal with social problems in rural society.

Social Problems and Patterns of Juvenile Delinquency in Transitional Russia 
William Alex Pridemore 
Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, Vol. 39, No. 2, 187-213 (2002)
Introduction to social problems and juvenile delinquency in transitional Russia.

Volunteerism and Social Problems: Making Things Better or Worse?
Louis A. Penner11Wayne State University and University of Michigan1Wayne State University and University of Michigan - Journal of Social Issues, Volume 60 Issue.
Abstract: The implications of increasing volunteerism for the solution of social problems are considered.

How Individuals Explain Social Problems: The Influences of Media Use
Mira Sotirovic, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Journal of Communication, Volume 53 Issue 1 Page 122 - March 2003 
Abstract: Media effects on explanations of social problems are enhanced by individuals' patterns of information processing.

The Brown Decision Revisited: Mathematizing Social Problems 
William F. Tate, Gloria Ladson-Billings, Carl A. Grant - Educational Policy, Vol. 7, No. 3, 255-275 (1993)
Brown vs. Board of Education decision. Brown decision represents the Supreme Court's attempt to apply a largely mathematical solution to a social problem.

Constructing Social Problems in an Age of Globalization: A French–American Comparison 
Authors: Benson, Rodney; Saguy, Abigail C.
Source: American Sociological Review, Volume 70, Number 2, April 2005, pp. 233-259(27).

Will Dispersed Housing Programmes Reduce Social Problems in the US? 
Authors: Galster G.; Zobel A. - Source: Housing Studies, Volume 13, Number 5, 1 September 1998.
The US now faces the situation of having adopted a housing strategy with a shred of evidence to suggest what effect it might have on aggregate social problems.

Social Problems in Estonian Mass Media 1975-1991 
Mikko Lagerspetz, Estonian Institute of Hurnanities, Tallinn, Estonia 
Acta Sociologica, Vol. 36, No. 4, 357-369 (1993).