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How Claims Spread Cross-National Diffusion of Social Problems

How Claims Spread: Cross-National Diffusion of Social Problems

1st Edition

By Joel Best
May 31, 2001

Best's anthology examines for the first time how diverse social issues--road rage, the metric system, gun control, and abortion are among those included--migrate across national boundaries, modifying themselves from place to place as a result of different claims, claimsmakers, and policy responses....

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
December 31, 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...

The New Pediatrics A Profession in Transition

The New Pediatrics: A Profession in Transition

1st Edition

By Dorothy Pawluch
December 31, 1996

When antibiotics became readily available in the 1950s, the danger of life-threatening infectious childhood diseases virtually disappeared. In that era, pediatricians broadened the core professional task of their specialty--the prevention and treatment of such diseases--to incorporate the ...

Images of Issues Typifying Contemporary Social Problems

Images of Issues: Typifying Contemporary Social Problems

2nd Edition

Edited By Joel Best
December 31, 1995

Constructionist theory describes and analyzes social problems as emerging through the efforts of claimsmakers who bring issues to public attention. By typifying a problem and characterizing it as a particular sort, claimsmakers can shape policymaking and public response to the problem. Th is new ...

Gangbangs and Drive-Bys Grounded Culture and Juvenile Gang Violence

Gangbangs and Drive-Bys: Grounded Culture and Juvenile Gang Violence

1st Edition

By William Sanders
December 31, 1994

This study, based on quantitative and qualitative data gathered over a twelve-year period, takes its title from the two predominant styles of gang violence: 'drive-bys,' which have replaced 'rumbles' as the primary form of gang violence; and 'gang-bangs' - a generic term for other gang violence ...

Troubling Children Studies of Children and Social Problems

Troubling Children: Studies of Children and Social Problems

1st Edition

By Joel Best
December 31, 1994

Increasingly, sociologists have turned their attention to the social problems of children– in particular, of younger children. This collection reflects those recent interest. While most researchers have focused on social problems involving adolescents, this volume offers instead original case...

Court-Ordered Insanity Interpretive Practice and Involuntary Commitment

Court-Ordered Insanity: Interpretive Practice and Involuntary Commitment

1st Edition

Edited By James A. Holstein
December 31, 1993

This book analyzes how hearing participants construct and organize arguments that are legally, psychiatrically, and practically accountable. It argues that commitment decisions orient to the "tenability" of situations that patients pose as alternatives to hospitalization....

The Selling of DSM The Rhetoric of Science in Psychiatry

The Selling of DSM: The Rhetoric of Science in Psychiatry

1st Edition

By Stuart A. Kirk
June 30, 1992

When it was first published in 1980, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Third Edition—univer-sally known as DSM-III—embodied a radical new method for identifying psychiatric illness. Kirk and Kutchins challenge the general understanding about the research data and the ...

Mirrors of Madness Patrolling the Psychic Border

Mirrors of Madness: Patrolling the Psychic Border

1st Edition

By Bruce Luske
December 31, 1990

Mirrors of Madness depicts the social-psychological processes and institutional consequences of psychiatric staffs experience of "closet insanity" (private worries about theirown social and psychological competence) and "reverse role modeling" (identification with their labeled psychotic clients' ...

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