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Social Problems

Social Problems
Selections From CQ Researcher

September 2009 | 416 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc


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  • Global Food Crisis: What's causing the rising prices?
  • Affirmative Action: Is it time to end racial preferences?
  • Regulating Toxic Chemicals: Do we know enough about chemical risks?

These are just a few of the provocative questions contested in Social Problems. This engaging reader allows students to see an issue from all sides and to think critically about topics that matter to them. Classroom discussion will never be dull again!

About CQ Researcher Readers

In the tradition of nonpartisanship and current analysis that is the hallmark of Congressional Quarterly, CQ Researcher titles investigate important and controversial policy issues. Offer your students the balanced reporting, complete overviews and engaging writing that CQ Researcher has consistently provided for more than 80 years. Each article gives substantial background as well as current analysis of the issue as well as useful pedagogical features to inspire critical thinking and to help students grasp and review key material:

  • A Pro/Con box that examines two competing sides of a single question
  • A detailed chronology of key dates and events
  • An annotated bibliography and Web resources
  • Outlook sections that address possible regulation and initiatives from Capitol Hill and the White House over the next 5 to 10 years
  • Photos, charts, graphs, and maps

Annotated Contents
Social Class and Poverty
Marcia Clemmitt
1. Global Food Crisis: What's Causing the Rising Prices?
Race and Ethnicity
Peter Katel
2. Affirmative Action: Is It Time to End Racial Preferences?
Thomas J. Billitteri
3. Gender Pay Gap: Are Women Paid Fairly in the Workplace?
Sexual Orientation
Kenneth Jost
4. Gay Marriage Showdowns: Will Voters Bar Marriage for Same-Sex Couples?
Age and Aging
Alan Greenblatt
5. Aging Baby Boomers: Will the 'Youth Generation' Redefine Old Age?
David Masci
6. Future of Marriage: Is Traditional Matrimony Going Out of Style?
Marcia Clemmitt
7. Student Aid: Will Many Low-Income Students Be Left Out?
Work and the Economy
Marcia Clemmitt
8. Public-Works Projects: Do They Stimulate the Economy More Than Tax Cuts?
Health and Medicine
Marcia Clemmitt
9. Universal Coverage: Will All Americans Finally Get Health Insurance?
The Media
Alan Greenblatt
10. Television's Future: Will TV Remain the Dominant Mass Medium?
Alcohol and Drug Abuse
Barbara Mantel
11. Drinking on Campus: Have Efforts to Reduce Alcohol Abuse Failed?
Crime and Criminal Justice
Peter Katel
12. Juvenile Justice: Are Sentencing Policies Too Harsh?
Cities and Suburbs
Peter Katel
13. Rebuilding New Orleans: Should Flood-Prone Areas Be Redeveloped?
The Environment
Jennifer Weeks
14. Regulating Toxic Chemicals: Do We Know Enough About Chemical Risks?
War and Terrorism
Peter Katel
15. Cost of the Iraq War: Are Economic Woes a Casualty of Unexpectedly High Costs?
Social Problems and Social Action
Kenneth Jost and the CQ Researcher Staff
16. The Obama Presidency: Can Barack Obama Deliver the Change He Promises?

Sample Materials & Chapters

2. Affirmative Action

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