Extraordinary Behavior: A Case Study Approach to Understanding Social Problems / Edition 1

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This unique collection of case studies introduces readers to many of the common yet extraordinary social problems in contemporary American society. Employing a symbolic interaction approach to the case studies, the authors identify the origins of the problems, define the issues, and explore the outcomes and potential remedies. The case studies themselves introduce readers to the very personal side of the problems as the emotions, actions, and perceptions of the subjects are revealed and analyzed. The problems studied here are organized into three categories— health-related issues, family issues, and behavior beyond the boundaries—and include many problems that often receive too little attention in the existing literature, making this book an original and timely contribution.

Each of the three sections is preceded by a general review of the chapters to follow and offers readers a prelude to the exploration of human thought, language, and behavior captured and illustrated in the case studies. In the first section of the book, problems covered include suicide, anorexia nervosa, alcohol and drug abuse, and AIDS/STDs. The second section covers teenage mothers, domestic violence, divorce and poverty, child support and deadbeat dads, and homelessness. The last section focuses on sexual harassment, equal protection and racial exclusion, prostitution, career criminals, mass murder, and serial killers. This book represents a fresh new approach and a welcome addition to the study of social problems in America today.

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Consisting primarily of American professors of sociology, contributors to this volume offer case studies exploring three basic groups of social problems: health-related issues such as suicide, anorexia nervosa, alcohol/drug abuse, and AIDS; family issues including teenage motherhood, domestic abuse, divorce and poverty, "deadbeat dads," and homelessness; and behavior considered to be outside of social boundaries such as sexual harassment, unequal protection, male prostitution, career criminality, and mass and serial murder. The symbolic interaction perspective serves as the primary theoretical explanation for each social problem. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275970574
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/30/2000
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

DENNIS L. PECK is Professor of Sociology at The University of Alabama.

NORMAN A. DOLCH is Professor of Sociology at Louisiana State University in Shreveport.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Pt. I Health-Related Issues 17
1 Suicide 21
2 Anorexia Nervosa 41
3 Alcohol/Drug Abuse 53
4 AIDS 76
Pt. II Family Issues 91
5 Teenage Mothers 95
6 Spousal Abuse/Domestic Violence 107
7 Divorce and Poverty 121
8 Child Support/Deadbeat Dads 144
9 Homelessness 156
Pt. III Behavior Beyond the Boundaries 177
10 Sexual Harassment 183
11 Equal Protection and Racial Exclusion 200
12 Male Prostitution 212
13 Career Criminals 227
14 Mass Murder 241
15 Serial Killers 252
Index 269
About the Editors and Contributors 273
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