Reconsidering Social Constructionism

Social Problems and Social Issues

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Author: Gale Miller

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1351494430

Category: Social Science

Page: 572

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With the impact of social interactionist and ethnographic methodology twenty-five years ago, the research agenda in social problems began to shift its focus, giving rise to the Social Constructionism movement. The present volume and the related shorter text, Constructionist Controversies, review the substantial contributions made by social constructionist theorists over that period, as well as recent debates about the future of the perspective. These contributions redefine the purpose and central questions of social problems theory and articulate a research program for analyzing social problems as social constructions. A generation of theorists has been trained in the constructionist perspective and has extended it through numerous analyses of diverse aspects of contemporary social life.The debates in this volume pose fundamental questions about the major assumptions of the perspective, the ways in which it is practiced, and the purposes of social problems theory. Their point of departure is Ibarra and Kitsuse's essay, cutting new theoretical ground in calling for ""investigating vernacular resources, especially rhetorical forms, in the social problems process.""Contributors are forceful proponents both within and outside of the social constructionist community, who take a broad array of positions on the current state of social problems theory and on the rhetorical forms that need exploring. They also lay down the general lines for diverse and often competing programs for the future development of the constructionist agenda.

Challenges and Choices

Constructionist Perspectives on Social Problems

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Author: James A. Holstein,Gale Miller

Publisher: Transaction Publishers

ISBN: 9780202364650

Category: Social Science

Page: 262

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The social constructionist perspective has revolutionized the way that social scientists investigate social problems. Constructing Social Problems (Spector and Kitsuse [1977] 2001) offered the guiding statement of the approach, which both transformed and revitalized the sociology of social problems, propelling it into a quarter century of exciting and innovative empirical research. John Kitsuse and Malcolm Spector challenged conventional approaches to the field; they insisted on treating social problems as social constructions--as the products of claims-making and constitutive definitional processes. The purpose of this book is to highlight contemporary challenges to the social constructionist perspective on social problems. In 1993, two collections of essays, Reconsidering Social Constructionism: Debates in Social Problems Theory (Holstein and Miller 1993) and Constructionist Controversies: Issues in Social Problems Theory (Miller and Holstein 1993), brought a wide variety of constructionist challenges into focus. Challenges and Choices attempts to distill these debates, and offers some compelling suggestions for how challenges may be met and where constructionist studies might proceed in the future. While each of the essays in this volume deeply appreciates the constructionist approach, each of them points to issues and choices that social constructionists must confront if the perspective is to continue to be a vital part of ongoing debates on social problems. The essays critique previous constructionist formulations; make suggestions for advancing, expanding, or diversifying the constructionist agenda; and challenge the perspective to move in new directions. They remind us that social constructionism is an ongoing, not a finished, product, and the essays point to some of the choices available to social constructionists in moving their projects into new, even uncharted, territories. James A. Holstein and Gale Miller are professors in the Department of Social and Cultural Sciences at Marquette University.

Social Constructionism in Housing Research

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Author: Jim Kemeny

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1351899627

Category: Social Science

Page: 230

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By stressing the importance of subjectivity and interpretation, social constructionism offers a different conception of reality from the traditional approach to housing policy analysis. This book provides an up-to-date review of the social constructionist perspective and considers its philosophical basis. It discusses how social problems are constructed and, in turn, how this informs policy-making. It is divided into two parts. The first section is theoretical and discusses the variety of conceptual approaches utilised within the constructionist paradigm. The second part provides a number of empirically based case studies from the UK and Australia to illustrate the different methodologies that form the social constructionist corpus. The book also evaluates both the criticisms that have been made against the social constructionist perspective and the strengths and weaknesses of constructionist methods. It therefore contributes to the development of a future research agenda for social constructionist research in housing and urban policy.

Psychische Krankheit als soziales Problem

Die Konstruktion des „Pathologischen Glücksspiels“

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Author: Lucia Schmidt

Publisher: Springer-Verlag

ISBN: 3322974561

Category: Social Science

Page: 169

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Zur wachsenden Zahl der weithin anerkannten Krankheitsbilder psychischer Störungen zählt nunmehr auch das "PathologischeGlücksspiel", die sogenannte Spielsucht. Die Studie geht am Beispiel der Spielsucht der Frage nach, wie auffälliges Verhalten durch zentrale gesellschaftliche Instanzen als psychische Krankheit kategorisiert wird. Untersucht werden das Aufkommen des Problems in den USA, seine Etablierung im Diagnostischen und Statistischen Handbuch der American Psychiatric Association sowie die in diesem Zusammenhang wesentlichen Konzepte, Akteure und Ereignisse. Bezugsrahmen ist die konstruktionistische Perspektive der Soziologie sozialer Probleme, deren aktuelle Varianten im theoretischen Teil der Arbeit selbst einer kritischen Analyse unterzogen werden.

Thinking About Social Problems

An Introduction to Constructionist Perspectives

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Author: Donileen Loseke

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1351472097

Category: Social Science

Page: 224

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The new second edition of this distinctive and widely adopted textbook brings into the classroom an overview of how images of social problems can shape not only public policy and social services, but also the ways in which we make sense of ourselves and others. It introduces two primary changes. First, some attention is devoted to the "new social movements" that emphasize social change through identity transformation rather than through structural change. Second, the text now also looks more closely at the importance of emotions in constructing public consciousness of social problems.When the first edition was published, Teaching Sociology noted, "Loseke does a superb job explaining the relationship between sociology and social problems in a text that is very well research and engaging, yet with tremendous attention to detail and accuracy... [W]ould provide a solid base for any social problems class." Contemporary Sociology wrote that the book is "engagingly well written in a personal, unpretentious style, and well informed by the author's knowledge of the professional literature."

Handbook of Constructionist Research

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Author: James A. Holstein,Jaber F. Gubrium

Publisher: Guilford Publications

ISBN: 1462514812

Category: Social Science

Page: 832

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Constructionism has become one of the most popular research approaches in the social sciences. But until now, little attention has been given to the conceptual and methodological underpinnings of the constructionist stance, and the remarkable diversity within the field. This cutting-edge handbook brings together a dazzling array of scholars to review the foundations of constructionist research, how it is put into practice in multiple disciplines, and where it may be headed in the future. The volume critically examines the analytic frameworks, strategies of inquiry, and methodological choices that together form the mosaic of contemporary constructionism, making it an authoritative reference for anyone interested in conducting research in a constructionist vein.

Soziale Welt

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Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Social sciences

Page: N.A

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Women, Policy and Politics

The Construction of Policy Problems

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Author: Carol Lee Bacchi

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 0761956743

Category: Social Science

Page: 242

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This book offers a powerful new approach to policy studies. Drawing on recent perspectives from social constructionism, discourse analysis, the sociology of social problems and feminism, Carol Bacchi develops a step-by-step analytical tool for deconstructing policy problems. Her `What's the Problem?' approach encourages students to reflect critically upon the ways in which policy problems get constructed within policy debates and policy proposals.

Trames

A Journal of the Humanities and Social Sciences

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Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Humanities

Page: N.A

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Social Work as Narrative

Storytelling and Persuasion in Professional Texts

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Author: Christopher Hall (Ph. D.)

Publisher: Avebury

ISBN: N.A

Category: Political Science

Page: 273

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The author of this work asks, what is it about social work that generates so much controversy and criticism? The power that modern society has vested in professionals is not new or restricted to social work. The study, however, does not attempt to answer these big question of social workers' competence or mandate. The author's task is to explore how social workers make their actions and assessments in an atmosphere of criticism and controversy? What sort of language, explanation and analysis do social workers use in order to handle stressful situations and support their decision?

Social Problems in Everyday Life

Studies of Social Problems Work

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Author: Gale Miller,James A. Holstein

Publisher: JAI Press(NY)

ISBN: N.A

Category: Social Science

Page: 260

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Constructing the social

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Author: Theodore R. Sarbin,John I. Kitsuse

Publisher: Sage Publications Ltd

ISBN: N.A

Category: Psychology

Page: 256

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If you are looking for a clear, concrete overview on social constructionist research and analysis, look no further than Constructing the Social. This timely volume pools the talents of many leading psychologists and sociologists, who in each case ground theory into practical examples. Contributors demonstrate that human beings are principally social agents rather than passive reactors that process information. Each contributor analyzes the historical and cultural contexts implicit in a wide range of key issues including anxiety, the family, intelligence, aging, and depression. Constructing the Social is an invaluable resource for psychologists, sociologists, and other researchers across the social sciences who seek to understand the implications of social constructionist theory.

Social problems in transition

perceptions of influential groups in Estonia, Russia, and Finland

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Author: Sari Hanhinen

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: History

Page: 262

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Rurality bites

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Author: Stewart Lockie,Lisa Bourke

Publisher: Pluto Pr Australia

ISBN: 9781864031690

Category: Political Science

Page: 404

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Producing safer sex

knowledge, latex technologies and sex workers in the age of AIDS

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Author: Lisa Jean Moore

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 478

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