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Presents articles on such social problems as corporate power, economic crisis, sexism, racism, and inequality.

Presents articles on such social problems as corporate power, economic crisis, sexism, racism, and inequality.

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Editorial Reviews

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"As someone who generally eschews traditional textbooks in favor of readers, I have always found Crisis in American Institutions particularly good at choosing accessible, interesting, and cogent readings. It is especially good at mixing academic pieces with journalistic articles and it is also a very well edited book, especially when it comes to excerpting readings from books"
Evan Cooper, Farmingdale State College

"I find the book to be very thorough."
Kyle Ann Nelson, University of Maryland

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780673525130
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 3/28/1997
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 10
  • Pages: 447
  • Product dimensions: 6.13 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.96 (d)

Meet the Author

Jerome Skolnick, a sociologist, currently teaches at the New York University School of Law where he is Co-Director of the Center for Research in Crime and Justice. He is also Claire Clements Dean’s Professor emeritus at the University of California, Berkeley, where he was Chair of the Center for the Study of Law and Society. He has written many books and articles and has received numerous grants, honors and awards in recognition of his research and scholarship. These include the August Vollmer award of the American Society of Criminology; awards for distinguished scholarship from the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences and the Western Society of Criminology; the Mills award of the Society for the Study of Social Problems (for Justice Without Trial); election to the honorary Sociological Research Association; and a Guggenheim Foundation fellowship. He was Director of the Task Force on Violent Protest and Confrontation of the National Commission on the Causes and Prevention of Violence, Washington, D.C. 1968-1969 and served as President of the American Society of Criminology from November 1993 through November 1994. In 1997, he completed a three year term as Chair of the National Academy of Science/ National Research Council's Committee on Law and Justice. In 1996 he was honored by John Jay College of Criminal Justice as their Criminal Justice Educator of the Year.

Elliott Currie is Professor of Criminology, Law, and Society at the University of California, Irvine. He has also taught in the Legal Studies Program at the University of California, Berkeley, and in the Board of Studies in Sociology at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Professor Currie is the author of many works on crime, juvenile delinquency, drug abuse and social policy, including Confronting Crime (1985), Dope and Trouble: Portraits of Delinquent Youth (1991), Reckoning: Drugs, the Cities, and the American Future (1993), and Crime and Punishment in America (1998), which was a finalist for the 1999 Pulitzer Prize in General Nonfiction. He is a coauthor of Whitewashing Race: the Myth of a Colorblind America (2003), a finalist for the C. Wright Mills award of the Society for the Study of Social Problems in 2004 and winner of the 2004 Book Award from the Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change. His most recent book is The Road to Whatever: Middle Class Culture and the Crisis of Adolescence (2005), a study of troubled middle-class youth in America. He has been a consultant to many organizations concerned with crime prevention, social policy, and the enhancement of juvenile and criminal justice, both in the United States and overseas, including the National Council on Crime and Delinquency, the National Advisory Council on Economic Opportunity, the California Governor’s Task Force on Civil Rights, and the Home Office of Great Britain. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including both the Donald Cressey Award and the Prevention for a Safer Society (PASS) Award from the National Council on Crime and Delinquency, and, most recently, the August Vollmer Award of the American Society of Criminology.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Approaches to Social Problems 1
Pt. 1 Corporate Power 17
1 Getting Corporations Off the Public Dole 21
2 Smoke Screen 29
3 The Grand Bazaar 39
4 Missing from the News 50
Pt. 2 Economic Crisis 57
5 Losing Out to Mexico 61
6 When You Stop, You Die: The Human Toll of Unemployment 69
7 The Company as Family, No More 76
8 The License for Financial Devastation 86
Pt. 3 Inequality 95
9 Top Heavy 99
10 Doing Poorly: The Real Income of American Children in Comparative Perspective 105
11 Day by Day: The Lies of Homeless Women 115
12 The Underclass Label 125
Pt. 4 Racism 139
13 American Apartheid 143
14 Measuring Employment Discrimination 150
15 Immigration to the Burn Zone 163
16 Asian Americans: The Myth of the Model Minority 174
Pt. 5 Sexism 181
17 The Wages of the Backlash 183
18 Learning Silence 189
19 "Fetal Rights": A New Assault on Feminism 198
Pt. 6 The Family [s.n.]
20 Families on the Fault Line 213
21 Time for Parenting 220
22 'Til Death Do Us Part 229
Pt. 7 The Environment 241
23 Why We Have Failed 243
24 Environmental Racism 247
25 The Heat Is On 256
Pt. 8 The Workplace 265
26 How Labor Fares in Advanced Economies 267
27 The Forgotten Americans 275
28 The Political Economy and Urban Racial Tensions 283
Pt. 9 Health and Welfare 301
29 Excess Mortality in Harlem 305
30 The Medically Uninsured: Will They Always Be with Us? 312
31 Health Care in Crisis: Does Canada Have the Answer? 320
32 So How Did I Get Here? Growing Up on Welfare 331
Pt. 10 The Schools 339
33 Life on the Mississippi: East St. Louis, Missouri 341
34 The Myth of Public School Costs 349
35 The Great School Sell-Off 356
Pt. 11 Crime and Justice 365
36 Crime and Work 367
37 "Three Strikes and You're Out": A Debate 377
38 Young Black Americans and the Criminal Justice System 396
39 Workaday World, Crack Economy 405
Pt. 12 Epilogue 413
40 Jobs for All 417
41 Planning for Economic Conversion 427
42 Seize the Day 436
43 A Global New Deal 441
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