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Social Problems as seen by 3 Sociological Perspectives

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What is a social problem, and what are the criteria that need to be satisfied in order for a social problem to be declared? Are there different types of social problems? If there are, what are they?

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The solution defines a social problem and then describes how the three sociological perspectives would view a social problem. The three sociological perspectives are symbolic interactionists, structural functionalists, and those under the conflict theory.

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Social problems are public concerns that challenge or weaken the well-being of members of a society (Vissing, 2010). It is often confusion as to what qualifies as a problem, what causes them and what can be done to stop them. However, the problem has to affect many people or at least the people of power and the people in the society have to see it as a problem or a violation of their values ...

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