II. Not all social conditions become elevated
to the status of “social problem.” For example, here are some “objective
conditions” which existtoday, and as you will see, not all of them are
considered to be social problems.
Each of the above represents an existing condition which threatens
the well-being of the United States and, in some cases, the entire world.
Also all are objective conditions that really exist! But we all
realize that many of them draw relatively little public concern– Why?
III. If you review a variety of social problems
texts, you find that there is general agreement that four conditions must
be met before an objective reality in the greater society becomes elevated
to the special status of “social problem.” They are:
|1. The objective condition must be perceived to be a social problem
That is, there must be some public outcry. People must become actively
involved in discussing the problem. Public attention becomes directed toward
that social condition.
2 The condition must involve a gap between social ideals and social
3. A significant proportion of the population must be involved in
4. The condition must be capable of solution through collective action