Is violence on the streets caused by violence in video games? Does cyber-bullying lead to an increase in suicide rates? Are teens promiscuous because of "e;Teen Mom"e;? As Karen Sternheimer clearly demonstrates, popular culture is an easy scapegoat for many of society s problems, but it is almost always the wrong answer.
Now in its second edition, "e;Connecting Social Problems and Popular Culture"e; goes beyond the news-grabbing headlines claiming that popular culture is public enemy number one to consider what really causes the social problems we are most concerned about. The sobering fact is that a "e;media made them do it"e; explanation fails to illuminate the roots of social problems like poverty, violence, and environmental degradation. Sternheimer s analysis deftly illustrates how welfare "e;reform,"e; a two-tiered health care system, and other difficult systemic issues have far more to do with our contemporary social problems than "e;Grand Theft Auto"e; or Facebook.
The fully-revised new edition features recent moral panics think sexting and cyberbullying and an entirely new chapter exploring social media. Expanded discussion of how we understand society s problems as social constructions without disregarding empirical evidence, as well as the cultural and structural issues underlying those ills, allows students to stretch their sociological imaginations."e;
Connecting Social Problems and Popular Culture
Why Media Is Not the Answer
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