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A social issue (also called a social problem or a social ill) is an issue that relates to society's perception of people's personal lives. Different societies have different perceptions and what may be "normal" behaviour in one society may be a significant social issue in another society. Social issues are distinguished from economic issues. Some issues have both social and economic aspects, such as immigration. There are also issues that don't fall into either category, such as wars. Thomas Paine, in Rights of Man and Common Sense, addresses man's duty to "allow the same rights to others as we allow ourselves". The failure to do so causes the birth of a social issue. Contents [hide] * 1 List of social issues * 1.1 Personal issues versus social issues * 1.2 Caste system * 1.3 Economy * 1.4 Social disorganization * 1.5 Age and the life course * 1.6 Inequality * 1.7 Education and public schools * 1.8 Work and occupations * 1.9 Media * 1.10 Health and medicine * 1.11 Advertising junk food to children * 1.12 Obesity * 1.13 Alcohol and drugs * 1.14 Crime and the justice system * 1.15 Environmental racism * 1.16 Hate crimes * 1.17 Valence issues versus position issues * 1.18 Abortion * 2 Other issues * 3 See also * 4 References * 5 External links
List of social issues
Personal issues versus social issues
Personal issues are those that individuals deal with themselves and within a small range of their peers and relationships. On the other hand, social issues threaten values cherished by widespread society. For example, the unemployment rate of 7.8 percent in the U.S. as of October 2012 is a social issue. The line between a personal issue and a public issue may be subjective, however, when a large enough sector of society is affected by an issue, it becomes a social issue. Although one person fired is not a social issue, the repercussions of 13 million people being fired is likely to generate social issues. Caste system
Caste system in India resulted in most oppressed Untouchables on earth for the past 3000 years . UK recently banned caste system  and US is also planning to ban  caste system. Economy
Main article: Economic problem
Unemployment rates vary by region, gender, educational attainment and ethnic group. In most countries, including the developed countries many people are poor and depend on welfare. In Germany in 2007 one in six children depended on welfare. That is up from only one in seventy-five in 1965. economy is undefined nowadays. Social disorganization
Main article: Social disorganization theory
So called problem neighbourhoods exist in many countries. Those neighbourhoods tend to have a high drop-out rate from secondary school and children growing up in a neighbourhood like this have a low probability of going to college compared to a person growing up in another neighbourhood. Abuse of alcohol and drugs is common. Often those neighbourhoods were founded out of best intentions. Age and the life course
Main article: Agism
Throughout the life course there are social problems associated with different ages. One such social problem is age discrimination. An example of age discrimination is when a particular person is not allowed to do...
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18. ^ a b Nelson, Barbara J (1986-04-15). Making an Issue of Child Abuse: Political Agenda Setting for Social Problems. ISBN 9780226572017.
* "Berlin blues" relatively long article by The Guardian on the current economical problems and mood in Germany shortly before the general elections (September 15, 2005)
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by Ernesto M. Pernia
Originally posted on the Inquirer (2 April 2013)
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