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Courting Disaster Intimate Stalking, Culture and Criminal Justice

Courting Disaster: Intimate Stalking, Culture and Criminal Justice

1st Edition

By Jennifer Dunn
September 30, 2002

This book is about women who are coerced, intimidated, and stalked by former intimates. It is about the things these women do to manage this situation, and what happens to them as a consequence. Stalking is a behavior that has relatively recently been defined as problematic, and as criminal when ...

Framing the Victim Domestic Violence, Media, and Social Problems

Framing the Victim: Domestic Violence, Media, and Social Problems

1st Edition

By Nancy S. Berns
November 29, 2017

"Whether you are drawn to this book because of an interest in media, social problems, or domestic violence, reading it will help you better understand the impact media stories have on our perceptions of social problems." That is how Nancy Berns introduces her book. It is a work that unabashedly ...

Challenges and Choices Constructionist Perspectives on Social Problems

Challenges and Choices: Constructionist Perspectives on Social Problems

1st Edition

Edited By James A. Holstein
August 31, 2003

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...

Punishment and Social Control Essays in Honor of Sheldon L. Messinger

Punishment and Social Control: Essays in Honor of Sheldon L. Messinger

2nd Edition

Edited By Stanley Cohen
July 31, 2003

While crime, law, and punishment are subjects that have everyday meanings not very far from their academic representations, "social control" is one of those terms that appear in the sociological discourse without any corresponding everyday usage. This concept has a rather mixed lineage. "After ...

Thinking About Social Problems An Introduction to Constructionist Perspectives

Thinking About Social Problems: An Introduction to Constructionist Perspectives

2nd Edition


March 31, 2003

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. ...

Sexual Conduct The Social Sources of Human Sexuality

Sexual Conduct: The Social Sources of Human Sexuality

2nd Edition

By William Simon
December 31, 2002

The first edition of Sexual Conduct, published in 1973, swiftly became a landmark text in the sociology of sexuality. It went on to profoundly shape the ideas of several generations of scholars and has become the foundation text of what is now known as the "social constructionist" approach to ...

Drug Courts In Theory and in Practice

Drug Courts: In Theory and in Practice

1st Edition

By Jr. Nolan
September 30, 2002

Drug courts offer offenders an intensive court-based treatment program as an alternative to the normal adjudication process. Begun in 1989, they have since spread dramatically throughout the United States. In this interdisciplinary examination of the expanding movement, a distinguished panel of ...

The Fight Against Big Tobacco The Movement, the State and the Public's Health

The Fight Against Big Tobacco: The Movement, the State and the Public's Health

1st Edition

By Mark Wolfson
October 31, 2001

Tobacco control leaders were extremely proud of the movement's achievements in the state of Minnesota. In sharing their perspectives and experiences with Mark Wolfson, they found a way of making sure that the story would get told. His training in social movements had given him an appreciation of ...

Interpreting Weight The Social Management of Fatness and Thinness

Interpreting Weight: The Social Management of Fatness and Thinness

1st Edition

By Jeffery Sobal
October 31, 1999

What is "too fat?" "Too thin"? Interpretations of body weight vary widely across and within cultures. Meeting weight expectations is a major concern for many people because failing to do so may incur dire social consequences, such as difficulty in finding a romantic partner or even in locating ...

Weighty Issues Fatness and Thinness as Social Problems

Weighty Issues: Fatness and Thinness as Social Problems

1st Edition

Edited By Jeffery Sobal
October 31, 1999

Many people consider their weight to be a personal problem; when, then, does body weight become a social problem? Until recently, the major public concern was whether enough food was consistently available. As food systems began to provide ample and stable amounts of food, questions about food ...

Becoming Miracle Workers Language and Learning in Brief Therapy

Becoming Miracle Workers: Language and Learning in Brief Therapy

1st Edition

By Gale Miller
October 14, 1997

Brief therapy is a postmodern treatment mode that treats problems as social constructions, encouraging those seeking treatment to replace personal troubles (negative stories) with new problem-solving skills (positive stories). The significant differences discussed in this book do not involve ...

Social Movement Organizations Guide to Research on Insurgent Realities

Social Movement Organizations: Guide to Research on Insurgent Realities

1st Edition

By John Lofland
December 31, 1996

The authorative and richly detailed handbook is divided into three parts: (1) procedures for studying SMOs; (2) propositions or generalizations about them; and (3) perspectives or wider considerations relating to them. Included are discussions of such basic questions as: What causes SMOs and why do...

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