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Review: COMING OF AGE: SOCIAL PROBLEMS AS THE STUDY OF POLITICAL (AND APOLITICAL) IDEOLOGIES

Reviewed Works: American Ideologies by K. Dolbeare; Is America Possible? by Henry Etzkowitz; Modern Social Reforms by Arthur Shostak; The Solution of Social Problems by Martin Weinberg, Earl Rubington; Social Problems: The Contemporary Debates by J. Williamson
Review by: DAVID R. SIMON
International Review of Modern Sociology
Vol. 6, No. 2 (AUTUMN 1976), pp. 393-400
Published by: International Journals
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/41420616
Page Count: 8
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COMING OF AGE: SOCIAL PROBLEMS AS THE STUDY OF POLITICAL (AND APOLITICAL) IDEOLOGIES
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Abstract

This paper reviews several new texts in social problems which assert that the proper study of social problems centers on comparing and contrasting ideological viewpoints concerning the causes and solutions of social problems. The paper demonstrates that no two of these texts agree as to the specific definitions or content of current American ideologies, and leave unanswered some important questions concerning the concept of ideology. Proposals are set forth which are intended to deal with neglected aspects of the ideology-social problem relationship in ways which would (for the first time) allow for a scientific analysis of contemporary American ideologies.

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