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Social Problems

Social Problems
Community, Policy, and Social Action

Seventh Edition
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April 2022 | 512 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Empower your students to become part of the solution.

The new Seventh Edition of Social Problems: Community, Policy, and Social Action by Anna Leon-Guerrero goes beyond the typical presentation of contemporary social problems and their consequences by emphasizing the importance and effectiveness of community involvement to achieve real solutions. With a clear and upbeat tone, this thought-provoking text challenges readers to see the social and structural forces that determine our social problems; to consider various policies and programs that attempt to address these problems; and to recognize and learn how they can be part of the solution to social problems in their own community.

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Chapter 1 Sociology and the Study of Social Problems
Part I The Bases of Inequality
Chapter 2 Social Class
Chapter 3 Race and Ethnicity
Chapter 4 Gender
Chapter 5 Sexual Orientation
Chapter 6 Age and Aging
Part II Our Social Institutions
Chapter 7 Families
Chapter 8 Education
Chapter 9 Work and the Economy
Chapter 10 Health and Medicine
Chapter 11 The Media
Part III Our Social and Physical Worlds
Chapter 12 Drug Abuse
Chapter 13 Crime and Criminal Justice
Chapter 14 The Environment
Chapter 15 War and Terrorism
Part IV Individual Action and Social Change
Chapter 16 Social Problems and Social Action


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Newest version of Leon-Guerrero Textbook

Ms Claudia Sanderlin
Social Sciences Dept, Southwest Texas Junior College
November 6, 2023

Has great connection between social problems and sociological theory. More scientific and less politicized than some other texts reviewed.

Steven Luke
Psychology/Sociology, Ashvll-Buncombe Tech Cmty Clg
January 20, 2023

For the students from the local area this gives them insight into issues that happen outside their immediate community. Developing the wide view of social problems is important to the students.

Ms Libby Beckett-Wrighton
Department of Social Work & Social Care, University of Bradford
February 24, 2023
Key features
  • Additional material has been incorporated on the subjects of racial capitalism, racial inequality, gender binary and transgender identity, the living wage movement, the impact of social media, and policing reform.
  • Updates on significant social policy decisions and debates have been added on topics such as  immigration, LGBTQ rights, the Affordable Care Act, police reform, and the federal response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • The text incorporates updated data sources, new research findings, and closer empirical examination of social problems, such as elderly income sources, minimum-wage employment, health care utilization, and Internet access.
  • The text has been streamlined by combining separate chapters from previous editions on The Environment and Population Growth into a single chapter.
  • Four theoretical perspectives (functionalist, conflict, feminist, and interactionist) are presented in each chapter, identifying how each perspective defines the causes and consequences of specific problems.
  • Includes five chapters on the social bases of inequality (Social Class, Race, Gender, Sexual Orientation, Aging).
  • Features a strong emphasis on solutions to social problems, through individual and collective action, government policies, and the role of the private sector.
  • Each chapter includes a Sociology at Work feature, reviewing the invaluable workplace skills sociology majors develop and presenting stories of sociology graduates who continue to rely on their sociological imaginations in their field of work.
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