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Social Problems | 3rd Edition

An Introduction to Critical Constructionism

ISBN-10: 0195380231
ISBN-13: 9780195380231
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PUBLISHER: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
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Product Description: Now in a new edition, Social Problems: An Introduction to Critical Constructionism synthesizes conflict theory and social constructionism to help students think critically about social problem construction. A concise, student-friendly alternative to all-encompassing standard textbooks, thisbook examines a single theoretical paradigm in depth, demonstrating how theory can be used to understand a breadth of real world structures. Adopting a critical constructionist perspective, Robert Heiner focuses on the four problems most often encountered in social problems courses: inequality, family, crime and deviance, and overpopulation and the environment. Heiner's critical approach helps students conceive of societal problems notmerely as things that are "out there," but as socially constructed phenomena whose importance varies according to media attention and the agendas of particular interest groups. Furthermore, his critical point of view leads students to reevaluate their own preconceived notions and beliefs, in turngenerating lively classroom discussions. Revised and updated in this third edition, Social Problems: An Introduction to Critical Constructionism now includes a glossary of key terms and reinforcing end-of-chapter questions, as well as new discussions of such issues as immigration. Additional graphics help visually illustrate key conceptsand ideas. Providing students with a solid theoretical background, Social Problems: An Introduction to Critical Constructionism, Third Edition, is ideal for social problems courses. Given its readability and consistent application of theory, this book could also be used in introductory sociology courses andsocial theory courses.

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CATEGORY: Social Science
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