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 edition of Images of Issues addresses claimsmaking in the 1990s,
featuring such issues as fathers' rights, stalking, sexual abuse by the clergy, hate crimes, multicultural education, factory farming, and concluding with an expanded discussion of the theoretical debate over constructionism.
Explores how social problems come to public attention as types, and how this typification shapes the response of policy makers and the public. Working within a constructionist theory, the 13 essays discuss such issues as crack, AIDS, missing children, sex and violence in rock music, illegal immigration, and family violence. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)