You are not currently logged in.
Access JSTOR through your library or other institution:
If You Use a Screen ReaderThis content is available through Read Online (Free) program, which relies on page scans. Since scans are not currently available to screen readers, please contact JSTOR User Support for access. We'll provide a PDF copy for your screen reader.
Social Problems: A Re-Formulation
Malcolm Spector and John I. Kitsuse
Vol. 21, No. 2 (Autumn, 1973), pp. 145-159
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/799536
Page Count: 15
You can always find the topics here!Topics: Social issues, Complaining, Political protests, Natural history, Social protests, Free schools, Crime, Mass media, Drug related crimes, History of ideas
Were these topics helpful?See something inaccurate? Let us know!
Select the topics that are inaccurate.
Since scans are not currently available to screen readers, please contact JSTOR User Support for access. We'll provide a PDF copy for your screen reader.
Preview not available
A definition of social problems is proposed as a generic phenomenon: the process by which members of groups or societies, through assertions of grievances and claims, define a putative condition as a social problem. Then a four-stage natural history model of social problems is described. In Stage One, groups assert the existence and offensiveness of some condition. In Stage Two some official agency responds to the claims; in Stage Three claims and demands re-emerge, expressing dissatisfaction with the official response. In Stage Four alternative, parallel, or counter-institutions are established.
Social Problems © 1973 Oxford University Press