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How Sociologists View Social Problems. The Abortion Dilemma. The Sociological Imagination. “The sociological imagination enables us to grasp history and biography and the relations between the two within society.” – C. Wright Mills. The Sociological Imagination.

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How sociologists view social problems

How Sociologists View Social Problems

The Abortion Dilemma


The sociological imagination

The Sociological Imagination

“The sociological imagination enables us to grasp history and biography and the relations between the two within society.”

– C. Wright Mills


The sociological imagination1

The Sociological Imagination

  • Seeing people’s behavior and attitudes in the context of the social forces that affect their lives

  • Our person troubles are a result of the public condition


The sociological imagination2

The Sociological Imagination

  • Also referred to as the sociological perspective

  • Social location

    • Where we are located in society

    • Predictions based on social location reference the group, not the individual


Social problem

Social Problem

  • Aspect of society that a large number of people are concerned about and would like to see changed.


Characteristics of social problems

Characteristics of Social Problems

Objective concerns

Abortion

Whether abortions are legal

Who obtains abortions

Why they have abortions

Number of abortions

  • Can be measured or experienced


Characteristics of social problems1

Characteristics of Social Problems

Subjective Concerns

Abortion

Some women may have unwanted children

Some women terminate their pregnancy

  • Concerns that a significant number of people (or a number of significant people) have about the objective concern


Characteristics of social problems2

Characteristics of Social Problems

  • Roe v. Wade

    • Before decision

      • Illegality

      • Back alley abortion

    • After decision

      • Legality

      • Changing the law

Dynamic

Respond to changes in society

Take shape as groups interact with one another


Characteristics of social problems3

Characteristics of Social Problems

  • Relative

    • What is a solution to some, might be a problem for others

    • Based on values


Natural history of social problems

Natural History of Social Problems

  • Defining the problem

  • Crafting an official response

  • Reacting to official response

  • Pursuing alternative stategies


Studying social problems

Studying Social Problems

  • Surveys

  • Case studies

  • Experiments

  • Field studies


Gathering information

Gathering information

  • Interviews

  • Questionaires

  • Documents

  • Observations


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