Chapter 9. Social Problems

  1. Erich Goode and
  2. Nachman Ben-Yehuda

Published Online: 11 NOV 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444307924.ch9

Moral Panics: The Social Construction of Deviance, Second Edition

Moral Panics: The Social Construction of Deviance, Second Edition

How to Cite

Goode, E. and Ben-Yehuda, N. (2009) Social Problems, in Moral Panics: The Social Construction of Deviance, Second Edition, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444307924.ch9

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 11 NOV 2009
  2. Published Print: 21 AUG 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405189347

Online ISBN: 9781444307924

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Keywords:

  • social problem and moral panic;
  • social problem as conditions harmful to society;
  • constructionism - contemporary or avantgarde approach;
  • constructionist - social construction or subjective interpretation of conditions defining social problem;
  • psychiatry in silencing political dissidence;
  • “discovery” of social problems;
  • constructionist position - understanding how social problems are “discovered”;
  • strict constructionism;
  • contextual constructionism - concern versus harm;
  • multiple definitions of social problems

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Objectivism

  • Constructionism

  • The “Discovery” of Social Problems

  • Strict Constructionism

  • Contextual Constructionism: Concern Versus Harm

  • Multiple Definitions of Social Problems

  • Social Problems and Moral Panics

  • Summary