Social Problems

  1. What is a social problem?
    A social condition that has negative consequences for individuals, our social world, or our physical world
  2. What is step1 of the process for social problems?
  3. Transformation process
  4. What is step2 of the process for social problems?
    Legitimization Process
  5. What is step3 of the process for social problems?
    Process of Conflict
  6. What is step4 of the process for social problems?
    • Radical
    • change or alternative methods
  7. Describe the transformation process?
    Taking a private trouble and changing into a public issue An influential group, activists, or advocates call attention to and define an issue as a social problem.
  8. Describe the legitimization process?
    Formalizing the manner in which the social problem or complaints generated by the problem are handled.
  9. Describe the Process of Conflict?
    When stage 2 does not succeed we move into stage 3. Stage 3 the advocates readjust the formal response system by renegotiating procedures, reforming practices, and engaging in administrative or organizational restructuring.
  10. Describe step 4?
    Stage 4 is when the groups believe that they can no longer work within the established system. The advocates either change the existing system or work outside the system.
  11. Who is the creator of the Structural Functionalist theory?
    Emile Durkeheim
  12. Who is the creator of Conflict Theory?
    Karl Marx
  13. Who is the creator of the Symbolic Interactionist?
    George Herbert Meade
  14. What are the main points of Feminist theory
    Gender roles are socially constructed. The patriarchal society is the basis of all problems.
  15. What are the main points of Conflict theory?
    Society is held together by power and coercion. The proletariat is always in conflict with the bourgeoisie because they are in need of more resources. This conflict is responsible for social change.
  16. What are the main points of Structural functionalism theory?
    Examines the functions or consequences of the structure of the society. It is a macro perspective which focuses on how society creates and maintains social order. Not concerned with good or bad because everything in society serves a function.
  17. What is an objective reality?
    For every object the view is the same
  18. What is an subjective reality?
    Based on the subject's point of view
  19. Who is affected by poverty?
    It is the most basic social problem.Children are the most greatly affected by poverty especially the ones in single parent homes.
  20. What is race?
    a group or population that shares a set of genetic characteristics and physical features. Sociologists believe that race is a social construct.
  21. Ethnicity
    Groups with a set of cultural traits, such as their language,religion, or diet creating a community with common historical roots and experiences.
  22. Poverty amongst different racial and ethnic group
    .The biggest racial group in poverty is African-Americans (24.3%), then Hispanics (20.6%).
  23. What's Max Weber's idea of social class?
    wealth, power, and prestige
  24. Racism
    When you believe that certain racial or ethnic groups are inferior and that discriminatory practices against them are justified.
  25. what is segregation?
    The physical and social segregation of ethnic or racial groups (Apartheid, Separate but Equal, tracking)
  26. What is Exclusion?
    Refers to the practice of prohibiting or restricting the entry or participation of groups in society (Chinese Exclusion Act)
  27. poverty guidlines
    A yearly set guideline that is used to determine family or individual eligibility for federal programs based on that year's prices
  28. poverty threshold
    it is used to estimate the number of people in poverty.
  29. expulsion
    removal by direct force or intimidation
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Social Problems