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  • Author:
    Robert Heiner
  • ISBN:
    0195177002
  • ISBN13:
    978-0195177008
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  • Publisher:
    Oxford University Press; 2 edition (July 29, 2005)
  • Pages:
    240 pages
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    Social Sciences
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I have previously used 'standard' social problems texts for the course, and would characterize Heiner's book as. .An excellent introduction to Social Constructionism and critical thinking. I cannot recommend this book more highly.

I have previously used 'standard' social problems texts for the course, and would characterize Heiner's book as different from (and superior to) those so-called standard texts. He has managed to skillfully and successfully integrate a variety of material into the current configuration of chapters. -Kathy Zawicki, St. Bonaventure University.

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Social Problems book. Given its readability and consistent application of theory, this book can also be used in introductory sociology courses and social theory courses.

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An introduction to the sociology of social problems - Inequality - Problems of the family - Crime and deviance .

An introduction to the sociology of social problems - Inequality - Problems of the family - Crime and deviance - Problems of the environment.

Robert Heiner is Professor of Sociology at Plymouth State University.

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oceedings{Heiner2001SocialPA, title {Social Problems: An Introduction to Critical Constructionism}, author {Robert Heiner}, year {2001} }. Robert Heiner. 1. an introduction to the sociology of social problems 2. inequality 3. problems of the family 4. crime and deviance 5. problems of the environment 6. conclusions. View PDF. Save to Library.

Robert Heiner focuses on the four problems most often encountered in social problems courses: inequality, family, crime and deviance, and overpopulation and the environment. Given its readability and consistent application of theory, this book could also be used in introductory sociology courses and social theory courses.

Social Problems: An Introduction to Critical Constructionism, Second Edition, synthesizes conflict theory and social constructionism to help students think critically about social problem construction. A concise alternative to the all-encompassing standard textbooks currently available, this book examines a single theoretical paradigm in depth, demonstrating how theory can be used to understand a breadth of real world phenomena. In six succinct chapters, it focuses on the four problems most often found in social problems courses--inequality, family problems, crime/deviance, and population/environment--analyzing each from a critical constructionist perspective. This approach, popular among many sociologists, helps students conceive of social problems not as objective situations that are "out there," but as socially constructed phenomena whose importance varies according to media attention and the needs of particular interest groups. A much-needed cross-cultural emphasis illustrates the range of possibilities in which social problems and their solutions can be conceived. Revised and updated in this second edition, the book now includes new sections covering such topics as U.S. foreign policy, terrorism, bankruptcy and the family, the nation's deteriorating infrastructure, and the government's punitive stance toward marijuana. Providing students with a solid theoretical background, Social Problems: An Introduction to Critical Constructionism, Second Edition, is designed primarily for social problems courses. Given its readability and consistent application of theory, this book can also be used in introductory sociology courses and social theory courses.

Pameala
I am a conservative that identifies with independents. The book overall was very good. It really can open up your eyes about issues and problems today that some people seem to ignore. Sometimes, we as Americans, get caught up with the thought that we are better than people from poorer Countries, and this book really helped me re-evaluate a lot of things. I would highly recommend this book as it will give you a different viewpoint on how to look at things and how the system is not fair to everybody.
Sorryyy
A wonderful and fascinating read that delves into practically every social issue ranging from economic, political, gender, race, etc. This book is a must read for anyone majoring in sociology or is curious about why the US is the way it is today. One of the few textbooks that had my attention the entire time!
Giamah
I want to start off by saying that I am a very open-minded individual. By open-minded, I mean that I have strong beliefs, and if I am presented with logical and proper explanations and evidence that effectively refute my beliefs, I will reconsider and re-evaluate what I think I know. I am a scientist, and I am all for looking at things from alternate perspectives.
Unfortunately, Heiner does not. In this book, there is the pretense of being an open-minded individual willing to look at social situations with a constructive attitude, considering multiple angles, and seeing most issues as multifaceted as opposed to one or two sided. Heiner fails to do so in many instances.

As a specific example, Heiner points out the higher rate of crime in the United States as opposed to Japan. He immediately says that this is a direct result of gun control. Now, wherever you stand on that issue, I am sure you will have opinions. However, putting those opinions aside, consider the other facets of this complicated issue. First of all, the society in Japan is one of collectivism, rather than the United States being one of individualism. This means that in Japan, people generally inherently have a desire/thought pattern that relates to how their actions will affect everyone around them, as opposed to the United States where people generally think of how their actions will affect themselves. Another facet of this same issue would be the fact that Japanese police are highly trained in unarmed combat, US law enforcement is trained in hand to hand, but no where near to the same level as Japan's police force. Japan also has a higher emphasis on pride and honor than the United States does, which would in of itself be a major deterrent to a life of crime, where there is very little honor in committing crime. These potential reasons for differing crime levels are entirely ignored in this book, and this is just one example among many where the author failed to take a true constructionist view, and presented issues as one-sided: his.
Tamesya
Bought for class
Insanity
A little too much unneeded information offered by author. Does not really cover the information that is important to know for understanding and addressing specific social problems.
Alsanadar
Ask any of my former students what they remember about my Social Problems class and they will say without hesitation: "Heiner's Square!"

An excellent introduction to Social Constructionism and critical thinking. I cannot recommend this book more highly.
THOMAS
I really like the way the author presented the problems in this book. I got the book for a class and ending liked. I did not always agreed with the Author opinikon, but the book is easy to read and understand.
love it!