Social Problems: The Implications And Consequences Of Social Constructionism

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Social problems are a wide spread phenomenon that exist in every society all over the world, whether they are the same or diverse, whether they are being tackled or not, they are still active. A social problem is a social condition or pattern of behaviour that has negative consequences for individuals, our social world, or our physical world (Leon-Guerrero, 2016). Social problems can be understood by a social constructionism approach, which explores the assumptions embedded in the labelling of people and emphasises the importance of social expectations in the analysis of taken-for-granted or apparently natural social processs ' (Clarke, 2001a, p 266). Social constructionism deploys norms, language, discourse and power as key concepts and analytical tools in the understanding of social problems and policy responses. If only a few people experience an issue, then it is likely to remain a private matter and not attract public concern. However, when a large sector of society is affected by the issue, it becomes a social problem. For instance, a single individual being unemployed is not a social problem but the repercussions of 1.43 million people being unemployed will generate a social problem. (ONS, 2017). Social constructionism starts by exploring the assumptions associated with the naming or labelling of things. (Clarke and Cochrane, 1998a, pp.26,30). Labelling can provide a useful understanding of social problems and how they are created. Social problems surface, if

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