By Esther Saraga
This e-book opens the sequence with a attention of the social building of social distinction. Taking the physique because the aspect of departure, it bargains with the strategies during which social difficulties and social inequalities are developed. particularly, it examines the moving ways that our rules approximately matters reminiscent of 'disability', 'race' and ethnicity, and sexuality impact the improvement of social rules.
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Once people place themselves within the discourse of poverty, their identity is defined in its terms. They are positioned as ‘subjects’ within it—that is, they are themselves subjects of the discourse and understand their own position through it. ■ Poor people have things done to them. Being poor is to be placed in a position where other people have rights over you. Society’s institutional arrangements have sometimes focused on segregating the poor— putting them in workhouses, for example—to keep them away from the rest of ‘us’.
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Summary The idea of discourse alerts us to a number of issues about the social construction of social problems. It suggests that we need to look beyond competing theories or perspectives to look at how knowledge is organized around central themes that allow the different theories to compete. Discourses define what the problem is, and it is because theories share the definition of the problem that they can compete and argue. Perspectives that start somewhere else—or do not share the definition of the problem—have great difficulty in making themselves heard or understood.