INTRODUCTION: SOCIAL PROBLEMS AND DEVIANT MINORITIES -- MINORITIES IN GENERAL
If the several social problems texts I have before me are representative, it would appear that one of the customary things to do in the first chapter is to unleash a barrage of definitions--of terms like social problems, deviant behavior, social pathology, and the like. Such a list satisfies the scientific canon that one define his terms at the outset, but in a book on social problems such a list produces at least two false impressions: (1) that the study of social problems is scientific and (2) that terms such as these can be satisfactorily defined with reference to things "out there," in the empirical world. The truth is that very few people in the field of social problems believe or contend that the field is scientific rather than normative, because the very act of selecting problems to be studied is based on normative assumptions. No matter how we define the term "social problems," as soon as we select a certain list of social phe
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Publication information: Book title: The Emergence of Deviant Minorities:Social Problems and Social Change. Contributors: Robert W. Winslow - Editor. Publisher: Consensus Publishers. Place of publication: San Ramon, CA. Publication year: 1972. Page number: 1.
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