Sociology Index

Social Problems

Social problem is often the consequence of factors extending beyond an individual's control. Social problems are the source of a conflicting opinion on the grounds of what is perceived as morally correct or incorrect personal life or interpersonal social life decisions. 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. 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.

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? Studying Social Problems involes the study of poverty and all types of inequality like inequality of condition, inequality of opportunity and Gender Inequality.

One of the most respected and widely read professional journals in the social sciences, Social Problems presents accessible, relevant, and theoretically innovative articles which embody critical perspectives on contemporary social issues. Most 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 (Lauer 1992; Horton et al 1994; Mooney et al 2000).

Social Problems Abstracts

W.E.B. Du Bois on the Study of Social Problems - LUCIUS T. OUTLAW, JR. Truthful knowledge, and the importance of such knowledge for resolving social problems and thereby contributing to progressive social evolution.

China Under Reform - Social Problems in Rural Areas - Victor N. Shaw. 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.

The Politics of Analyzing Social Problems. 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. 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.

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.

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).

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).

Social Problems Journals

Social Problems - James A. Holstein - Published for the Society for the Study of Social Problems.
Topics covered in recent issues include homelessness, youth at risk, bias in the justice system, affirmative action in education, agents of social change and feminism and language.

JOURNAL FOR CRIME RESEARCH IN SOUTH AFRICA (CRISA) - Prof. M.R. Makhanya, Dean, Faculty of Arts, University of South Africa - Introduction - We live at a time where social problems confront us everywhere.

The Electronic Journal of Gambling Issues: eGambling (EJGI) offers an Internet-based forum for developments in gambling-related research, policy and treatment as well as personal accounts about gambling and gambling behaviour. Through publishing peer-reviewed articles about gambling as a social phenomenon and the prevention and treatment of gambling problems, it is our aim is to help make sense of how gambling affects us all.

Books On Social Problems

Social Problems: Community, Policy, and Social Action - Kindle eBook - Anna Leon-Guerrero (Apr 3, 2013).

Constructionist Controversies: Issues in Social Problems Theory Gale Miller, James Holstein.

Social Problems (with Research Navigator) Book by D. Stanley Eitzen, Maxine Baca Zinn.

Social Problems: An Introduction To Critical Constructionism Book by Robert Heiner.

Social Problems and the Quality of Life with PowerWeb Robert Lauer, Jeanette C Lauer.

Understanding Social Problems, Policies, And Programs (Social Problems and Social Issues) Book by Leon Ginsberg, Julie Miller-Cribbs.

How to Think About Social Problems: American Pragmatism and the Idea of Planning Hilda Blanco.

Goode Erich, 1975, On behalf of labeling theory, in “Social Problems”, 22 (5), pp.570-583.

Joel Best (ed) Images of Issues: Typifying Contemporary Social Problems. 2nd edition

Kitsuse John I., Spector Malcolm, 1975, Social problems and deviance: some parallel issue, in “Social Problems”, 22 (5), pp.585-594.

Ferraro Kathleen J., Johnson John M., 1983, How Women Experience Battering, in “Social Problems”, 30 (3), pp.325-339.