1. What does your text mean when it says that social problems are looked at as a process rather than as social conditions?

Theidea of social problems implies that a set of events or a group ofpeople make-up a difficult situation that ought to be changed throughrelevant actions. The text refers social problems as a process,rather than conditions because of the chain of involvement in a givenproblem (Best,2008).This means that a problem is acted upon after a series of partieshave been adequately convinced it is a problem indeed. Similarly,when a condition qualifies to be a social problem, the concernedparties have to persuade the authorities or the world that itrequires attention and resources to take the necessary action.

  1. What does it mean to say that social problems are subjective? Do most people who discuss social problems talk about them as subjective? Why or why not?

Thesubjectivity of social problems arises from the dynamic aspects ofsocial issues (Best,2008).This means that the time and place of occurrence of social problemsare subject to change depending on the situation. Therefore, theobjectivity of social problems is impossible given the various waysthe problems are perceived. Most people in the society perceivesocial problems as subjective in nature. This is because socialissues constantly undergo variation over time, and they are largelyshaped by individual biases and different points of view.Consequently, the individual biases affect the response andsignificance of social issues among people.

  1. What is a social constructionist approach useful for, and what are its limitations?

Asocial constructionist approach is an outlook that many features,which shape the society are mere creations of members of the societyin a bid to create social ranks. Examples of products of socialconstructionist approach include gender and racial orientation (Best,2008).Social constructionism facilitates learning because the society usesthe things around it to learn more about itself. However, this theorymay make it hard for young learners to put the pieces together.Similarly, it may alienate some people from the rest of the societygiven their biological or natural characteristics, which may be abasis for differentiation.


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