HI gmwilliams! How's it going?
May I ask you: Exactly what "socioeconomic, sociocultural, and sociopolitical problems" are you referring to, such that a determination can be attempted as to whether or not they are, as you say, "self-inflicted"?
Also,---if I may---I have to say that anyone suffering from a socioeconomic (social & economic), sociocultural (social & cultural), and sociopolitical (social & political) problem, probably didn't inflict it upon himself. In fact, as the words (socioeconomic, sociocultural, and sociopolitical) themselves imply, it is pretty hard to "self-inflict" such a problem.
But isn't fair to say that social and economic forces can cause things like mass unemployment and underemployment? Isn't it fair to analyze social and economic and political forces to question why so many good manufacturing jobs have been removed to cheaper, more exploitable countries in the world? And where should we look but to social policy when we wonder why doctors, lawyers, accountants, college professors, and the like (the white collar set) do not suffer the same difficulties?
And what about social and economic forces as a way to understand the downward pressure on the REAL wage that has been applied over the last three decades, as well as the disintegration of unionization that has occurred over the same period? And what about the role of sociopolitical/economic forces as a way to understand what has happened to the family farm in this country (along with the decimation of whole rural communities as a result)?
And by the way, what about the subject of obesity? It is well known that much of that has to do with the American food system, based on doing something with our surplus corn. Corn syrup is in absolutely everything; and even when items are so-called "fat-free," the companies just put MORE sugar in! My point is that even something seemingly personal like weight is not, in actuality, strictly personal.
And so on and so forth.