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Who We Are

We are an interdisciplinary community of scholars, practitioners, advocates, and students interested in the application of critical, scientific, and humanistic perspectives to the study of vital social problems. 

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What Our Members Say

Donileen R. Loseke, 2016-2017 SSSP president

"The first article of the first issue of Social Problems in June, 1953 was titled "The Aims of the Society for the Study of Social Problems," by Ernest W. Burgess, the Society's first President. He offered two primary visions for SSSP: The Society would offer support to those working to understand and resolve social problems and it would promote scholarship that provided, "knowledge for sound social action." I have been a member of SSSP for many years and believe the people and the meetings continue to foster such a sense of both community and commitment to scholarship in pursuit of social justice. This I cherish." 

Donileen R. Loseke, SSSP President 2016-2017
University of South Florida

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In Pursuit of Social Justice

SSSP 2017 Proposed Resolutions

Resolutions constitute an important opportunity for our scholar-activist membership to analyze and opine on contemporary social problems that we believe the Society should address as a social justice organization.  All SSSP members are invited to review the proposed 2017 resolutions and participate in the resolutions process.

New resolution guidelines were adopted in order to promote and facilitate wider discussion prior to formal consideration at the 2017 Business Meeting [Saturday, August 12 from 4:15pm–5:25pm, Westmount, Banquest Level].  To that end, please review the five proposed resolutions. An open forum to discuss the proposed resolutions will be held on Friday, August 11, 2:30pm–4:10pm, Mont-Royal, Banquets Level.  Possible modifications to the resolutions will be considered during the open discussion.  The revised (if any) resolutions will then be presented as a package for approval by the membership at the business meeting.

We would also like to remind individuals and divisions who submitted resolutions that if the action requires sending a letter or letters and/or e-mails, you will have to provide the names and addresses of the recipients and possibly be asked to assist in the drafting of the correspondence. Our thanks to everyone who submitted a resolution and to our members for giving them careful consideration.  If you have any questions regarding the proposed resolutions, please contact the SSSP administrative office. 

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