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Investigating Social Problems

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Social Problems

January 2018 | 544 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

“Given the complexity of the issues, the study of social problems requires, indeed demands, specialized focus by experts.”

-A. Javier Treviño

A. Javier Treviño, working with a panel of experts, thoroughly examines all aspects of social problems, providing a contemporary and authoritative introduction to the field. Each chapter is written by a specialist on that particular topic and the unique, contributed format ensures that the research and examples provided are the most current and relevant available. The text is framed around three major themes: intersectionality (the interplay of race, ethnicity, class, and gender), the global scope of many problems, and how researchers take an evidence-based approach to studying problems.

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Preface
 
PART I: The Sociological Study of Social Problems
A. Javier Treviño
1. Sociology and Social Problems
SETTLING FOR LESS  
THE SOCIOLOGICAL STUDY OF SOCIAL PROBLEMS  
THE SOCIOLOGICAL IMAGINATION  
SOCIOLOGICAL RESEARCH  
THREE SOCIOLOGICAL THEORIES  
APPLYING THE THREE THEORIES TO SOCIAL PROBLEMS  
SOCIAL POLICY  
SPECIALIZED THEORIES  
SERVICE SOCIOLOGY AND SOCIAL PROBLEMS  
CHAPTER SUMMARY  
KEY TERMS  
 
PART II: Problems of Inequality
Leslie Hossfeld, Brooke Kelly, and Julia Waity
2. POVERTY AND CLASS INEQUALITY
WHO IS HUNGRY ON CAMPUS?  
POVERTY, CLASS, AND INEQUALITY ARE SOCIAL CONSTRUCTIONS  
PATTERNS AND TRENDS  
SOCIAL CLASS  
INEQUALITY  
USING THEORY TO EXPLAIN POVERTY, CLASS, AND INEQUALITY: THE VIEWS FROM THE FUNCTIONALIST, SYMBOLIC INTERACTIONIST, AND CONFLICT PERSPECTIVES  
SPECIALIZED THEORIES APPLIED TO POVERTY AND INEQUALITY  
SOCIAL CHANGE: WHAT CAN YOU DO?  
CHAPTER SUMMARY  
KEY TERMS  
Eileen O’Brien
3. RACE AND ETHNICITY
WHITE RACIAL PRIVILEGE  
DEFINING RACE AND ETHNICITY IN A NEW MILLENNIUM  
PATTERNS AND TRENDS  
USING THEORY TO EXPLAIN RACIAL INEQUALITY: THE VIEWS FROM THE FUNCTIONALIST, SYMBOLIC INTERACTIONIST, AND CONFLICT PERSPECTIVES  
SPECIALIZED THEORIES ABOUT RACIAL INEQUALITY  
SOCIAL CHANGE: WHAT CAN YOU DO?  
CHAPTER SUMMARY  
KEY TERMS  
Katie Ann Hasson
4. Gender
WAVES OF PROTEST AND PINK HATS  
DEFINING GENDER INEQUALITY  
FEMINISM, MEN, AND THE STUDY OF GENDER AS A SOCIAL PROBLEM  
LOOKING AT GENDER ON CAMPUS AND BEYOND  
USING THEORY TO UNDERSTAND GENDER INEQUALITY: THE VIEWS FROM THE FUNCTIONALIST, SYMBOLIC INTERACTIONIST, AND CONFLICT PERSPECTIVES  
QUEER THEORY: AN INTERDISCIPLINARY PERSPECTIVE ON GENDER  
SOCIAL CHANGE: WHAT CAN YOU DO?  
CHAPTER SUMMARY  
KEY TERMS  
Elroi J. Windsor
5. SEXUALITIES
AND THEN, SHE WAS GONE  
UNDERSTANDING HOW SEXUALITIES CAN BE SOCIAL PROBLEMS  
PATTERNS AND TRENDS  
USING THEORY TO UNDERSTAND SEXUAL VIOLENCE: THE VIEWS FROM THE FUNCTIONALIST, CONFLICT, AND SYMBOLIC INTERACTIONIST PERSPECTIVES  
SPECIFIC THEORIES IN SEXUALITIES AND SOCIAL PROBLEMS SCHOLARSHIP  
SOCIAL CHANGE: WHAT CAN YOU DO?  
CHAPTER SUMMARY  
KEY TERMS  
Duane A. Matcha
6. Aging
HOMESHARING: MILLENNIALS AND OLDER INDIVIDUALS  
IS AGING A SOCIAL PROBLEM?  
PATTERNS AND TRENDS  
USING THEORY TO UNDERSTAND AGING: THE VIEWS FROM THE FUNCTIONALIST, CONFLICT, AND SYMBOLIC INTERACTIONIST PERSPECTIVES  
SPECIALIZED THEORIES ABOUT AGING  
SOCIAL CHANGE: WHAT CAN YOU DO?  
CHAPTER SUMMARY  
KEY TERMS  
 
PART III: Problems of Institutions
Jenny Stuber
7. EDUCATION
IDRIS AND SEUN  
PATTERNS AND TRENDS  
U.S. EDUCATION SYSTEM: A BRIEF HISTORY  
USING SOCIOLOGICAL THEORIES IN EDUCATION  
SPECIALIZED THEORIES IN THE SOCIOLOGY OF EDUCATION  
EXPLANATIONS FOR EDUCATIONAL INEQUALITY  
EDUCATIONAL REFORM FROM THE 1980S TO 2017  
SOCIAL CHANGE: WHAT CAN YOU DO?  
CHAPTER SUMMARY  
KEY TERMS  
William Hoynes
8. Media
THE DRAMA OF “ROAD RAGE”  
PATTERNS AND TRENDS  
DEBATING MEDIA AS A CAUSE OF SOCIAL PROBLEMS  
EMERGENT SOCIAL PROBLEMS AND NEW MEDIA TECHNOLOGIES  
TRADITIONAL THEORETICAL PERSPECTIVES ON MEDIA AND SOCIAL PRO  
THEORIES IN CONTEMPORARY MEDIA AND SOCIAL PROBLEMS SCHOLARSHIP  
SOCIAL CHANGE: WHAT CAN YOU DO?  
CHAPTER SUMMARY  
KEY TERMS  
Meg Wilkes Karraker
9. Family
A RETREAT FROM MARRIAGE AND FAMILY  
PATTERNS AND TRENDS  
FAMILY PROBLEMS AND THREE INSTITUTIONAL STAKEHOLDERS  
USING THEORY TO EXPLAIN FAMILY PROBLEMS: THE VIEW FROM THE FUNCTIONALIST, CONFLICT, AND SYMBOLIC INTERACTIONIST PERSPECTIVES  
FOUR SPECIALIZED THEORIES BEYOND FUNCTIONALISM, CONFLICT, AND SYMBOLIC INTERACTIONISM  
SOCIAL CHANGE: WHAT CAN YOU DO?  
CHAPTER SUMMARY  
KEY TERMS  
Rudi Volti
10. Work and the Economy
FROM 500 TO 750 ENVELOPES  
WORK AND THE LABOR FORCE  
PATTERNS AND TRENDS  
STAKEHOLDERS  
USING THEORY TO EXAMINE WORK AND THE ECONOMY: THE FUNCTIONALIST, CONFLICT, AND SYMBOLIC INTERACTIONIST PERSPECTIVES  
SPECIALIZED THEORIES: WEBER AND SCIENTIFIC MANAGEMENT  
SOCIAL CHANGE: WHAT CAN YOU DO?  
CHAPTER SUMMARY  
KEY TERMS  
 
PART IV: Problems of Health and Safety
Kyle J. Thomas and Benjamin C. Hamilton
11. Crime
IN A HOODED SWEATSHIRT  
INTRODUCTION: CRIME AS A SOCIAL PROBLEM  
CRIMES ARE SOCIALLY DEFINED  
DATA SOURCES AND CORRELATES OF CRIME  
PATTERNS AND TRENDS  
THE U.S. CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM AND ITS STAKEHOLDERS  
CRIME FROM THE STRUCTURAL FUNCTIONALIST, SYMBOLIC INTERACTIONIST, AND CONFLICT PERSPECTIVES  
SPECIALIZED THEORIES ABOUT CRIME  
SOCIAL CHANGE: WHAT CAN YOU DO?  
CHAPTER SUMMARY  
KEY TERMS  
Carrie B. Oser
12. Drugs
A CANARY IN A COAL MINE?  
DRUGS IN SOCIETIES  
DRUG DEPENDENCE AND ASSOCIATED HARMS  
PATTERNS OF DRUG USE ACROSS SOCIAL GROUPS  
USING THEORY TO UNDERSTAND DRUG USE: THE VIEWS FROM THE FUNCTIONALIST, CONFLICT, AND SYMBOLIC INTERACTIONIST PERSPECTIVES  
SPECIALIZED THEORIES ON DRUG USE  
SOCIAL CHANGE: WHAT CAN YOU DO?  
CHAPTER SUMMARY  
KEY TERMS  
Valerie Leiter
13. Health
SUFFERING FROM DRAPETOMANIA  
WHAT ARE DISEASE AND ILLNESS?  
PATTERNS AND TRENDS  
THE U.S. HEALTH CARE SYSTEM AND ITS STAKEHOLDERS  
USING THEORY TO UNDERSTAND HEALTH: THE VIEWS FROM THE FUNCTIONALIST, CONFLICT, AND SYMBOLIC INTERACTIONIST PERSPECTIVES  
SPECIALIZED THEORIES  
SOCIAL CHANGE: WHAT CAN YOU DO?  
CHAPTER SUMMARY  
KEY TERMS  
 
PART V: Problems of Global Impact
Katharine A. Legun and Michael M. Bell
14. THE Environment
EXPERIENCING THE HEAT WAVE  
ENVIRONMENTAL PROBLEMS AS SOCIAL PROBLEMS  
PATTERNS AND TRENDS  
THEORETICAL APPROACHES IN ENVIRONMENTAL SOCIOLOGY  
SPECIALIZED THEORIES IN ENVIRONMENTAL SOCIOLOGY  
SOCIAL CHANGE: WHAT CAN YOU DO?  
CHAPTER SUMMARY  
KEY TERMS  
Michael Mascarenhas
15. Science and Technology
SCIENCE AND THE PUBLIC TRUST  
HACKING AND CYBERCRIME AROUND THE WORLD  
SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY AS SOCIALLY DEFINED  
PATTERNS AND TRENDS  
SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, AND THEIR STAKEHOLDERS  
USING THEORY TO EXAMINE SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY: THE VIEWS FROM THE FUNCTIONALIST, CONFLICT, AND SYMBOLIC INTERACTIONIST PERSPECTIVES  
SPECIALIZED THEORIES  
SOCIAL CHANGE: WHAT CAN YOU DO?  
CHAPTER SUMMARY  
KEY TERMS  
Ori Swed
16. War and Terrorism
THE ISLAMIC STATE AND THE BLURRING LINES BETWEEN WAR AND COUNTERTERRORISM  
WAR AS A SOCIAL CONCEPT  
PATTERNS AND TRENDS  
THE FUTURE OF WAR  
USING THEORY TO EXAMINE WAR AND TERRORISM: THE VIEWS FROM THE FUNCTIONALIST, CONFLICT, AND SYMBOLIC INTERACTIONIST PERSPECTIVES  
SPECIALIZED THEORY: THE TWO-SOCIETY THESIS  
TERRORISM  
SOCIAL CHANGE: WHAT CAN YOU DO?  
CHAPTER SUMMARY  
KEY TERMS  
Michael Ian Borer and Tyler S. Schafer
17. Urbanization
URBANIZATION AND CITY GROWTH IN GLITTER GULCH  
URBANIZATION, GROWTH, AND SOCIAL PROBLEMS  
PATTERNS AND TRENDS  
THEORETICAL PERSPECTIVES IN URBAN SOCIOLOGY  
SPECIALIZED THEORIES IN URBAN SOCIOLOGY  
SOCIAL CHANGE: WHAT CAN YOU DO?  
CHAPTER SUMMARY  
KEY TERMS  
 
Glossary
 
References
 
Index

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Key features

 NEW TO THIS EDITION: 

  • All chapters have been thoroughly updated to reflect current events, new scholarship, and the latest data.
  • A number of new expert contributors have revised chapters for the second edition: Katie Ann Hasson (Gender), Elroi J. Windsor (Sexuality), Jenny Stuber (Education), Kyle J. Thomas and Benjamin C. Hamilton (Crime), Carrie B. Oser (Alcohol and Other Drugs), Valerie Leiter (Health and Illness), Michael Mascarenhas (Science and Technology), Ori Swed (War and Terrorism).
  • New chapter opening photos illustrate key themes and intended aid students in connecting personally with real-life situations.
  • Updated data, tables, and figures reflect the latest information available from the 2017 U.S. Census Bureau, GSS, National Center for Transgender Equality, SNAP, TANF, and more.
  • New topics and examples include: Black Lives Matter, Trump’s travel ban, the 2017 Women’s March, fake news, mass shootings, the Flint water crisis, changes to the social safety net, microaggressions, hookup culture, sexual violence, summer learning loss, the small schools movement, affordable housing, work-related injuries, the future of the labor force, cybercrime and terrorism, abuse of prescription drugs, stop-and-frisk policing, ADHD, election-hacking by foreign actors, the vaccine-autism debate, the Kyoto Protocol and Paris Agreements on climate change.

KEY FEATURES:

  • “Our Stories” allow the expert contributors to explain why the problem in question is interesting from a personal and professional perspective, and some of the ways he or she studies that problem.
  • Each chapter considers the social problem in question from the point of view of three general theoretical approaches (structural functionalism, conflict theory, and symbolic interactionism), and also discusses a few specialized theories that provide deeper understanding of the problem in question.
  • “Experiencing” features help to reveal concepts of intersectionality, exploring the interplay of race/ethnicity, class, and gender, and how their various combinations compound social inequalities among certain populations.
  • “Beyond our Border” features encourage the reader to consider the global scope of the social problem in question and examine how the interconnectedness, or transnational character, of these problems impact people (often quite differently) around the world.
  • “Researching” features show how social scientists form research questions, investigate particular issues, and help build empirically-based understanding of social problems.
  • Each author proposes policy recommendations for social change that arise from the three main theoretical perspectives.
  • “Social Change: What Can You Do?” discusses how students can help solve a particular social problem through volunteer work, service learning, community activism, and other forms of civic engagement.
  •  “What Do You Think?/What Does America Think?” uses questions and data from the current General Social Survey to help readers better understand their own beliefs and attitudes about social problems, and those of the population at large.
  • A unifying pedagogical framework provides continuity for the reader with common features such as chapter opening vignettes, learning objectives, and “Ask Yourself” questions.

 



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