America's Problems: Social Issues and Public Policy

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Professors Currie and Skolnick place special emphasis on the underlying economic causes of social problems and the social policies that fail to address them. The text's research-oriented approach introduces students to the empirical aspects of sociology by discussing how research is done and how data is compiled and analyzed. A comparative perspective on major topics exposes students to American social problems in context to other nations. This edition provides in-depth coverage of current social and political ...
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Professors Currie and Skolnick place special emphasis on the underlying economic causes of social problems and the social policies that fail to address them. The text's research-oriented approach introduces students to the empirical aspects of sociology by discussing how research is done and how data is compiled and analyzed. A comparative perspective on major topics exposes students to American social problems in context to other nations. This edition provides in-depth coverage of current social and political issues, such as downsizing, the growing gap between the rich and the poor, and the crisis in health care.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780316165341
  • Publisher: Little, Brown & Company
  • Publication date: 1/1/1984
  • Pages: 558

Table of Contents

Preface
Ch. 1 Introduction: Thinking About Social Problems 1
Pt. 1 Systems and Structures 19
Ch. 2 Economy and Society: Business, Government, and Labor 20
Ch. 3 The End of Affluence? Social Aspects of Economic Change 48
Ch. 4 Social Inequality I: Wealth and Poverty 83
Ch. 5 Social Inequality II: Race 118
Ch. 6 Social inequality III: Gender 149
Pt. 2 Impacts and Institutions 179
Ch. 7 The Family 180
Ch. 8 Work 216
Ch. 9 Health 248
Ch. 10 Energy and the Environment 279
Ch. 11 Crime and Justice 313
Ch. 12 The Schools 349
Ch. 13 Strategies for Social Policy 377
Bibliography 403
Photo Credits 435
Name Index 437
Subject Index 445
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