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Investigating Social Problems- Vantage Learning Platform

Investigating Social Problems- Vantage Learning Platform

Fourth Edition
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Social Problems

August 2024 | SAGE Publications, Inc
About Investigating Social Problems, Fourth Edition

Investigating Social Problems, Fourth Edition offers a unique collaborative approach to examining timely social issues. Drawing from the insights of over two dozen sociology experts, this thorough and updated guide affords students a multi-faceted exploration of society’s most pressing problems.

About Investigating Social Problems - Vantage Learning Platform, Fourth Edition

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Investigating Social Problems, Fourth Edition
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New to this Edition:
  • Data, tables, and figures have been updated throughout to reflect the latest information available from the 2020 U.S. Census Bureau, Department of Health and Human Services, the General Social Survey, Social Security Administration Office, Pew Research Center, Uniform Crime Reports, and more.
  • New topics and examples include immigration policies, the overturning of Roe v. Wade, book banning, critical race theory, artificial intelligence, intimate partner violence, fast fashion, long COVID, Big Pharma, PFAS exposure, the politicization of science, hostile architecture, domestic terrorism, and more.
  • New contributing authors include Maria D. Dueñas (Race and Ethnicity), Paulina d. C. Inara Rodis and Sara C. Francisco (Gender), Janelle M. Pham and Anna C. Ziering (Sexualities), Isabel García Valdivia (Aging), Cameron J. Bunker (joining William Hoynes and Nicholas Hoynes, Media), Allison Jendry James (joining Heather E. Dillaway and Nancy J. Mezey, Families), Matthew DelSesto (Crime), Scott Akins and Michelle Inderbitzin (Drugs), and Lisa-Jo K. van den Scott (Science and Technology).
Key Features:
  • Insightful discussions by more than two dozen leading sociologists in their areas of specialization
  • Chapter-opening Investigating the Social Problem boxes that present personal narratives from authors
  • Detailed study of social problems from the point of view of three general theoretical approaches namely, structural functionalism, conflict theory, and symbolic interactionism
  • Special consideration of social policies and recommendations in every chapter
  • Beyond Our Borders and Experiencing boxes, and consistent Research Methods features, underscoring key themes in the study of social problems
  • Photos, figures and tables for better understanding and retention of information
  • Marginal glossaries and a conclusive glossary for easy reference
  • End-of-chapter review and discussion questions

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