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Social Problems
Community, Policy, and Social Action

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Social Problems

August 2018 | 480 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

Empower your students to become part of the solution.

The new Sixth Edition of Social Problems: Community, Policy, and Social Action 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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Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Author
 
1. Sociology and the Study of Social Problems
Using Our Sociological Imagination  
What Is a Social Problem?  
The History of Social Problems  
Understanding the Sociological Perspective  
The Science of Sociology  
The Transformation From Problem to Solution  
Making Sociological Connections  
Chapter Review  
Key Terms  
Study Questions  
 
Part I. The Bases of Inequality
 
2. Social Class
What Does It Mean to Be Poor?  
Sociological Perspectives on Social Class and Poverty  
The Consequences of Poverty  
Responding to Class Inequalities  
Chapter Review  
Key Terms  
Study Questions  
 
3. Race and Ethnicity
Defining Race and Ethnicity  
Patterns of Racial and Ethnic Integration  
Sociological Perspectives on Racial and Ethnic Inequalities  
The Consequences of Racial and Ethnic Inequalities  
Responding to Racial and Ethnic Inequalities  
Chapter Review  
Key Terms  
Study Questions  
 
4. Gender
Sociological Perspectives on Gender Inequality  
The Consequences of Gender Inequality  
Gender Nonconformity Discrimination  
Intimate Partner Violence and Sexual Assault  
Responding to Gender Inequalities  
Chapter Review  
Key Terms  
Study Questions  
 
5. Sexual Orientation
Sociological Perspectives on Sexual Orientation and Inequality  
Sexual Orientation and Inequality  
Responding to Sexual Orientation Inequalities  
Chapter Review  
Key Terms  
Study Questions  
 
6. Age and Aging
Our Aging World  
Sociological Perspectives on Age, Aging, and Inequality  
The Consequences of Age Inequality  
Responding to Age Inequalities  
Chapter Review  
Key Terms  
Study Questions  
 
Part II. Our Social Institutions
 
7. Families
Myths of the Family  
Sociological Perspectives on the Family  
Problems in the Family  
Community, Policy, and Social Action  
Chapter Review  
Key Terms  
Study Questions  
 
8. Education
The New Educational Standard  
Sociological Perspectives on Education  
Problems and Challenges in Education  
Community, Policy, and Social Action  
Chapter Review  
Key Terms  
Study Questions  
 
9. Work and the Economy
The Changing Nature of Work  
Sociological Perspectives on Work  
Problems in Work and the Economy  
Community, Policy, and Social Action  
Chapter Review  
Key Terms  
Study Questions  
 
10. Health and Medicine
Sociological Perspectives on Health, Illness, and Medicine  
Health Inequalities and Problems  
Community, Policy, and Social Action  
State Prescription Drug Plans  
Chapter Review  
Key Terms  
Study Questions  
 
11. The Media
Sociological Perspectives on the Media  
The Media and Social Problems  
Community, Policy, and Social Action  
Chapter Review  
Key Terms  
Study Questions  
 
Part III. Our Social and Physical Worlds
 
12. Alcohol and Drug Abuse
Sociological Perspectives on Drug Abuse  
What Is Drug Abuse?  
The Problems of Drug Abuse  
Community, Policy, and Social Action  
Chapter Review  
Key Terms  
Study Questions  
 
13. Crime and Criminal Justice
Sociological Perspectives on Crime  
Sources of Crime Statistics  
Types of Crime  
The Inequalities of Crime—Offenders and Victims  
Our Current Response to Crime  
Community, Policy, and Social Action  
Chapter Review  
Key Terms  
Study Questions  
 
14. Urbanization and Population Growth
Urban Sociology and Demography  
The Processes of Urbanization and Suburbanization  
Population Growth and Composition  
Sociological Perspectives on Urbanization and Population Growth  
The Consequences of Urbanization and Population Growth  
Community, Policy, and Social Action  
Chapter Review  
Key Terms  
Study Questions  
 
15. The Environment
Environmental Problems Are Human Problems  
Sociological Perspectives on Environmental Problems  
Social Problems and the Environment  
Community, Policy, and Social Action  
Chapter Review  
Key Terms  
Study Questions  
 
16. War and Terrorism
Defining Conflict  
Sociological Perspectives on War and Terrorism  
The Problems of War and Terrorism  
Community, Policy, and Social Action  
Chapter Review  
Key Terms  
Study Questions  
 
Part IV. Individual Action and Social Change
 
17. Social Problems and Social Action
Understanding Social Movements  
How Do Social Movements Begin?  
How Have Reform Movements Made a Difference?  
Making the Last Connection  
Chapter Review  
Key Terms  
Study Questions  
 
Glossary
 
References
 
Index

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Key features
NEW TO THIS EDITION:
  • Many of the social policy discussions (including immigration, LGBTQ rights, the Affordable Care Act, and Internet neutrality) have been updated to reflect the most recent government actions and debates.
  • More recent data, and new data sources, have been incorporated throughout, both in the main narrative and in the "Exploring Social Problems" features.
  • New “Voices in the Community” subjects on gender, work and the economy, and war and terrorism appear in several chapters.
  • New “In Focus” topics include Black Lives Matter, assault weapons, and college drug problems.
  • The chapter on gender has been substantially updated with new or expanded coverage of binary/cisgender/transgender identification, gender nonconformity discrimination, sexual misconduct on college campuses, and the rights of trans and intersex individuals.
  • Other new or expanded coverage includes economic anxiety, robotization in the workplace, white nationalists, feminist theories about race, “fake” news, net neutrality, community policing, gentrification and segregation in U.S. cities, and the immigration and environmental policies of the Trump administration.
KEY FEATURES:
  • The author presents four theoretical perspectives for each social problem: functionalist, conflict, feminist, and interactionist.
  • More than most social problems texts, there is a strong focus on social policy, social action, and the significant social policy decisions and debates taking place in our society.
  • The text includes five chapters that focus on the bases of social inequality and emphasizes how social class and poverty, race and ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, and age and aging contribute to our experience and understanding of social problems.
  • Throughout the text, the consequences of social problems throughout the world are highlighted (“Taking a World View”), drawing on data and research from international scholars and sociologists.
  • The “Exploring Social Problems” features use quantitative data to tell the story of one social issue (the demographics of poverty, public support for same-sex marriage, teen birthrates, etc.) through a series of maps, charts, and tables.
  • Each chapter discusses attempts to address the problem in question through government policies, social movements, and the actions of individuals and organizations.
  • “Sociology at Work” profiles recent graduates, the workplace skills they developed by studying sociology, and the jobs they perform in government or community service.



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