California's Social Problems / Edition 2

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California. The mere mention of the name conjures up thoughts and images as diverse as the state itself. With the geographic size, population, and economy to be a thriving country, California is unique. But are its social problems unique or do they represent issues shared, today and in the future, with the other forty nine states and the global community? The editors and authors of California’s Social Problems shed light on these questions and others in their fascinating analyses of a variety of social situations, policies, and trends in the Golden State.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761987130
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 10/31/2001
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 6.69 (w) x 9.61 (h) x 0.82 (d)

Meet the Author

Charles F. Hohm is Professor of Sociology and Associate Dean of the Division of Undergraduate Studies at San Diego State University. He received his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Southern California, is the founding president of the California Sociological Association, and is currently vice president of the Pacific Sociological Association. His most recent books include Population: Opposing Viewpoints (2000), coedited with Shoon Lio and Lori Jones, and Global Social Problems (1996), with James A. Glynn and Elbert W. Stewart. He has published numerous articles on demography, environmental sociology, housing, and child maltreatment in journals such as Demography, Sociological Perspectives, Sociology and Social Research, Social Science Journal, Journal of Interpersonal Violence, Housing and Society, International Journal of Sociology of the Family, and Growth and Change. He is the past editor of Sociological Perspectives and the 1998 winner of the Pacific Sociological Association's Distinguished Contributions to Teaching Award. His current research interests are in social demography and the adjustment of refugees.

James A. Glynn is Professor of Sociology for the State Center Community College District. He has taught sociology for more than 30 years, and he currently holds classes at the Madera Center in California's great Central Valley. A contributing author to the first edition of California's Social Problems (1997), he also collaborated with Charles F. Hohm and Elbert W. Stewart in writing Global Social Problems (1996). Previously, he and Stewart produced four editions of Introduction to Sociology (1971, 1975, 1979, and 1984), a text that was translated into Spanish and Portuguese editions. In 1990, he worked with Professor Hohm and others in organizing the California Sociological Association; he served as its third president and has been executive director for the past 10 years. From 1996 to 2000, he served on the Editorial Board for Sociological Perspectives, the official journal of the Pacific Sociological Association, an organization from which he received the Distinguished Contributions to Teaching Award in 1997. For the past 2 years, he has written a weekly column for the Madera Tribune in which he frequently addresses issues of sociological importance. Now involved in local community affairs, he serves on the Board of Directors of the Madera County Arts Council and the Citizens Commission to Plan and Implement the Government Center.

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Table of Contents

Foreword - Earl Babbie
Part I - Challenges to California Communities
Chapter 1 - Homlessness - Ronald W. Fagan
Homelessness in the United States and California
Alternative Explanations for Homelessness in California
Future Prospects for Homelessness in California
Solutions to the Problem of Homelessness
Chapter 2 - Juvenile Delinquency and Urban Gangs - Anne Hendershott
California's Historical Roots of Juvenile Crime and Justice
California's Urban Youth Gangs: Social Problem or Moral Panic?
Theories on the Causes of California Gang Delinquency
Ethnicity and Juvenile Crime in California
Increased Minority Confinement Rates in California and the Nation
Solutions to the Problem of Juvenile Delinquency and Gangs
Chapter 3 - Race and Ethnic Relations - Phylis Cancilla Martinelli
The History of Race Relations in California
Race Relations in California Today
Race Relations in California as Compared to Those in the United States
California's Problem in Global Context
Alternative Explanations for Race Relations in California
Future Prospects for Race Relations in California
Solutions to the Problem of Race Relations
Part II - Challenges to Sexuality and Health
Chapter 4 - Resisting Heterosexism and Homophobia: The Gay and Lesbian Movement for Equal Rights - Peter M. Nardi
A History of Lesbian and Gay Oppression and Resistance
Lesbian and Gay Oppression and Resistance in California Today
Lesbian and Gay Oppression and Resistance in California as Compared With the United States
Lesbian and Gay Issues in a Global Context
Alternative Explanations for Lesbian and Gay Oppression and Resistance in California
Future Prospects for Lesbian and Gay Oppression and Resistance in California
Solutions to the Problem of Lesbian and Gay Oppression and Resistance
Chapter 5 - HIV/AIDS - Kevin D. Kelley
The Basic Science
History of HIV/AIDS in California
Course of HIV Infection in California
The Problem of HIV/AIDS in California Today
Comparison of California's Situation to the United States
California's Problem in a Global Context
Alternative Explanations for the Spread of HIV and AIDS
Future Prospects: AIDS Projections in California
Possible Solutions to AIDS in California
Part III - Challenges to California Institutions
Chapter 6 - Problems of Families - Robin Wolf, Robin Franck, and James Glynn
The History of Family Trends in California
Family Trends in California Today
Family Trends in California as Compared to the United States
Alternative Explanations for Family Trends
The Family in Global Context
Future Prospects
Suggestions for the Future
Chapter 7 - Inequality and Poverty - Robert Enoch Buck
How Unequal Is It?
Social Classes and Inequality
The Causes of Poverty
Chapter 8 - Poverty and Welfare Reform - Robert Enoch Buck
The Welfare State
The Outcomes of Welfare Reform
Outcomes for Program Participants
Continuing Problems and Policy Issues
Chapter 9 - The Continuing Crisis in Higher Education: Threats to California's Master Plan - James L. Wood and Lorena T. Valenzuela
The Problem in California Today
Distance Learning as a Strategic Plan
Related Strategic Plans
Origin of the Plans: California and the United States
California's Problem in Global Context
Alternative Explanations for the Problem
Future Prospects: What To Do?
Solutions and Suggestions: Strategies for Distressed Campuses
Summary and Conclustions
Part IV - Challenges to Growth and the Environment
Chapter 10 - Population Growth and Environmental Degradation - James A. Glynn and Charles F. Hohm
History of Population Growth and Enviornmental Degradation
The Problem in California Today
California's Population Compared to the United States
California's Problem in Global Context
Alternate Explanations for the Problem
Future Prospects
Solutions to the Problems
Chapter 11 - Propositions 187 and 227: A Nativist Response to Mexicans - Adalberto Aguirre, Jr.
History of the Problem in California
Nativism in California and the United States
Mexican Immigrants and Nativism
California's Immigrant Population
Immigrants and Work
Segmentation of Mexican Immigrant Workers
The Nativistic Context
Concluding Remarks
Chapter 12 - Disasters - Harvey E. Rich and Loretta I. Winters
Defining Disaster
History of Disaster Research
The California Experience
California Disasters Compared to the United States
California, the Developed World, and the Developing World
Sociological Perspectives for Examining Disaster
Natural Disasters in California Today
The Media
Emergent Roles and Groups
Disasters and the Future
Coping With Disasters
Epilogue: Deregulating Energy in California - James A. Glynn
The History of the Problem
The Problem in California Today
California's Problem Compared With the United States
California's Problem in Global Context
Alternative Explanations for the Problem
Future Prospects
Glossary and Index
About the Editors
About the Contributors
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