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Social Problems in Asia (SOCG 218): Week 2

Sociological Perspective on Social Problems

Week 2 examines major theoretical perspectives used for analyzing social problems. The main focus is on “Social Construction theories”.


1. Sullivan, Thomas J. 2012. Introduction to Social Problems. Chapter 1, “Theoretical Perspective on Social Problems.” Pp. 6-11; 16-20.

2. Kendall, Diana. 2010. Social Problems in a Diverse Society. 5ed. Allyn and Bacon.
a. Chapter 1: Studying Social Problems. 8-18.
b. Chapter 18: Can Social Problems be Solved? Pp. 371-390.

3. Schneider, Joseph W. 1985. “Social Problems Theory: The Constructionist View.” Annual Review of Sociology 11: 209-29.

4. Loseke, Donileen R. 2003. Thinking about Social Problems. An Introduction to Constructionist Perspectives. 2nd ed. New Brunswick: Transaction Publishers. Appendix: “Social Construction Theories and Issues”, pp. 183 – 202.

5. Best, Joel. 2007. Social Problems. NY: W. W. Norton & Co. Chapter 2: Claims. Pp. 29 – 63.

e-Books @ Library

Research Guide on how to access, view, and download e-Books

E-books in the library

Week 2 Books List

The use of electronic resources must comply with the Appropriate Use of Electronic Resources Policy and Singapore Management University Acceptable Use Policy