Contemporary Readings in Social Problems

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Contemporary Readings in Social Problems includes a broad range of topics from different perspectives and encourages students to explore complex social issues. The many esteemed articles included in this collection have been carefully selected and edited to make them more accessible to undergraduate students.

Introducing students to original writings on major topics in social problems, this reader brings real-world examples into courses covering social problems and is sure to spark interesting class discussion.

Key Features

  • Focuses on teaching both theory and application, providing a more contemporary view of social problems and integrating a global perspective
  • Presents in-depth material in a clear and concise collection of well-edited, accessible articles
  • Includes unique pedagogy, featuring a detailed table of contents with article abstracts; a topic guide to help instructors better integrate the material into their courses; article introductions written by the Editor; discussion questions for each article; and a detailed list of internet links for further exploration
  • Provides a value-priced selection of 32 outstanding readings

Intended Audience
This comprehensive reader is an ideal supplemental text for undergraduate students enrolled in Social Problems, Sociological Theory, Introduction to Sociology, Global Issues, or Special Topics courses in departments of sociology.

Contributor to the SAGE/Pine Forge ASA Teaching Innovations & Professional Development Awards Fund

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412965309
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 11/21/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 929,938
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Anna Leon-Guerrero is a professor of sociology at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington. A recipient of the university’s Faculty Excellence Award and the K. T. Tang Award for Excellence in Research, she teaches courses on statistics, sociological theory, and social problems. As a social service program evaluator and consultant, she has focused her research on welfare reform, employment strategies for the working poor, and program assessment. She is the coauthor of Social Statistics for a Diverse Society and Essentials of Social Statistics for a Diverse Society (with Chava Frankfort-Nachmias).

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Table of Contents

1. The Promise - C. Wright Mills
2. The Art of Savage Discovery: How to Blame the Victim - William Ryan
3. Where Do We Go From Here? - Martin Luther King, Jr.
4. The Fragmentation of Social Life: Some Critical Societal Concerns for the New Millennium - D. Stanley Eitzen
5. Capitalism, Class, and the Matrix of Domination - Allan G. Johnson
6. Consumer Culture: An Interview With Juliet Schor - Douglas B. Holt
7. Neoliberalism as Creative Destruction - David Harvey
8. Poverty and Inequality in the Global Economy - Michael D. Yates
9. The Making of International Migrants - Saskia Sassen
10. The New Media Giants: Changing Industry Structure - David Croteau and William Hoynes
11. Reviving Lolita? A Media Literacy Examination of Sexual Portrayals of Girls in Fashion Advertising - Debra Merskin
12. Tripping Up Big Media - Gail Beckerman
13. America Transformed: Globalization, Inequality and Power - Gary Hytrek and Kristine Zentgraf
14. 21st Century Slaves - Andrew Cockburn
15. "Aqui estamos y no nos vamos!" Global Capital and Immigrant Rights - William Robinson
16. Constructively Challenging Diverse Inner-City Youth's Beliefs About Educational and Career Barriers and Supports - Margo A. Jackson, et. al.
17. The Paradox of Poverty Narratives: Educators Struggling With Children Left Behind - Cynthia I. Gerstl-Pepin
18. Ideological Success, Educational Failure?: On the Politics of No Child Left Behind - Michael W. Apple
19. Pills, Power, People: Sociological Understanding of the Pharmaceutical Industry - Joan Busfield
20. Tango Immigrants in New York City: The Value of Social Reciprocities - Anahi Viladrich
21. Welfare Reform in the United States: Gender, Race and Class Matter - Mimi Abramovitz
22. An Understanding of Poverty From Those Who Are Poor - Stephanie Baker Collins
23. Child Labor in Bangladesh: Are Children the Last Economic Resource of the Household? - Claire Salmon
24. Crime - Michael Tonry
25. Prison Health and the Health of the Public: Ties That Bind - Natasha H. Williams
26. The Global Impact of Gangs - John M. Hagedorn
27. Nature's Trust: A Legal, Political, and Moral Frame for Global Warming - Mary Christina Wood
28. Katrina and Power in America - Peter Dreier
29. Integrating Environmental Justice and the Precautionary Principle in Research and Policy Making: The Case of Ambient Air Toxics Exposures and Health Risks Among Schoolchildren in Los Angeles - Rachel Morello-Frosch, Manuel Pastor Jr., and James Sadd
30. Poverty, Inequality and Youth Violence - Ronald C. Kramer
31. Learning War/Learning Race: Fourth-Grade Students in the Aftermath of September 11th in New York City - Maria Kromidas
32. Combat Casualties and Race: What Can We Learn From the 2003-2004 Iraq Conflict - Brian Gifford

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