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Who defines something as a social problem? ◦ Claims ◦ Claimsmakers What do they (try to) do about it? How does it “spread?” How does it impact those affected?
Transformation process ◦ Turning a personal problem in to a social problem Legitimization process ◦ Formalizing how to handle the social problem
Conflict stage ◦ Occurs when the formal response system is seen as a failure in the amelioration of a social problem. Outside the system, or change the system? ◦ When stakeholders feels they can no longer work within the system
Making arguments Issues and Conclusions Reasons and Evidence Stated and Unstated Assumptions Fallacies of logic
Karl Marx’s view: ◦ Max Weber’s view: ◦ Our working definition: ◦
The four most commonly used criteria to measure class: ◦ Other ways we measure class?
Social Mobility ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ Quote, page 14 Two causes of the drop in mobility ◦ ◦
The “health” of a society is also a social construction! …based on economics ◦
◦ Democracy DOES NOT EQUAL Freedom ◦ Is there a difference economically between Republicans and Democrats? ◦ The Capitalist Party System of America! ◦ Did you know your political freedom was limited? ◦ Our laws favor corporations and the wealthy
◦ Income inequality vs. Wealth inequality Tolerated because we all think we can become wealthy How the economy has become the dominant institution in America. ◦ ◦ ◦
Hard to become rich, easier to stay rich It takes 2 adults to provide the same standard of living one could in the 1980s Technology increases inequality ◦ ◦
As a way to discriminate ◦ Social Stratification ◦ Prejudice and Discrimination
Rising inequality and class differences has led to negative changes in: ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦
Defined ◦ Absolute vs. Relative Poverty Evaluate levels in terms of the standard of living